Recalling his visits to Soviet Estonia in 1982 and 1986, Ehin’s book is a moving, emotional and, at times, an analytical personal account of historical events, at the backdrop of both tragedy and joy that characterises Estonia in the 20th century..
Silver Tambur – Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World

Estonian World Full Review

Charles (Kalev) Ehin`s book Coming Home is a powerful and awakening reminder of the fate of a small nation caught in the middle of the struggle between two totalitarian superpowers vying for world supremacy. It is also an excellent description of the individuals and families in the shadow of political tyranny; the feelings of insecurity, danger, longing, desperation and hope. Coming Home is a heart-wrenching story of the separation caused by war, and of the happiness of reunion and new independence. By reading Ehin`s fine book my admiration of our war veterans, always highly respected, climbed to new levels. They gave me a happy life in free and independent Finland by repulsing the Soviet attack in the Winter War and again in the summer of 1944!
Heikki Nikunen, Lieutenant General (ret), Former Commander-in-Chief 
Finnish Air Force

A hardy story of Kalev’s flight from communism during World War II; his reunion with his family after decades of separation; and a powerful tribute to the people of Estonia and their fight for freedom. A must read for free people everywhere.
Lester Perry
Partner in Hoole and King, Attorneys at Law

Coming Home takes us through a world of Eastern European history seldom seen. Throughout the book, both author and story keep alive a hope — a hope for reform, for progress, for a potential that certainly IS there — a hope that this potential for peace and understanding might become reality in us all. To say that the book is deeply-moving, enlightening and currently necessary is to border on cliché, but it is that. And more. Coming Home> is well-told, historically accurate and with a message that needs to be heard sooner rather than later. A warrior, it is said, understands war best. Ehin has that understanding, and out of it, brings us a provocative story and his own insightful observations to try to put warriors out of business, and back into life.
Michael Markowski, Ph.D., Professor of History
Westminster College, Salt Lake City

In this honestly written book, the aftermath of war is not told in statistics of lives lost or cities bombed, but in the heartbreak of one family separated for decades by World War II and Soviet oppression.  How long does a war last?  Charles Ehin’s story shows it is for decades, for generations.  Families suffer, sometimes quietly, often privately, and long after the fighting stops.

    Coming Home

shows just how hard it is to answer what may be the most important question to ask of any war:  “What will be the consequences?”
Jean Cheney, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Utah Humanities Council 

In these most troubled days perhaps the timeliest book that could have been conceived. In Coming Home, Dr. Ehin succeeds in not only providing a personal glimpse into the tragic events of World War II, but presents a far deeper philosophic and politically astute comprehension of historical and, ultimately, globally important events. While there are many accounts of World War II, rarely have they accurately reflected the totality of war and, in particular, the events prior to and following World War II which greatly impact our lives right up to the present. Having personally lived and worked behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ for seven years and through the transition years of the Warsaw Pact Nations, I applaud Dr. Ehin’s powerful rendering of his life’s experiences in dealing with war, global power, diplomatic failure, family and personal tragedy. The book is an absorbing, authoritative and unique perspective on war and its aftermath.
Peter Gerity, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs
New Mexico Tech


Ehin, who now lives in Bountiful, has captured the twining stories of war-torn Estonia and a family torn apart in his book, “Coming Home.” The story, which includes Ehin’s and his father’s escape from the country and coming back to it to finally visit his sister again years later, includes war, separation, loss, politics and love.

“When people read the book, they realize I didn’t skimp out on anything,” said Ehin. “I wrote it the way I saw it, and the way I felt it.”

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