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THE LIES WE KEEP is a story of love, loss and redemption after a pivotal tragedy in American history. A grieving widow facing another loss–her son who is starting a new chapter in his life at college–has a chance encounter in Sedona, Arizona with a ghost from her past that sets in motion a series of events that will forever change the lives of everyone she cares for.


“Caron Kamps Widden has written a stunning masterpiece that examines the lies we tell ourselves, encapsulated in the story of a man and a forgotten past. A solid, descriptive piece of work that will leave readers pondering their own past as this novel is stunningly good. It will leave you wanting more.” —Jonas Saul, Author of the bestselling SARAH ROBERTS Series.

“Widden’s knack for writing emotional nuance is contagiously readable. Widden knows where the broken heart dwells.” —Douglas Wickard, Author of SAMI SAXTON Novels

RESTORATION.  How do you restore a normal life to a family devastated by the loss of a loved one? When Kathryn, beloved wife of John and devoted mother of Emily and Riley, is killed in a tragic car accident, John must repair his family. Although he and the children seem to be functioning, John knows that their reality is fragile. Being new to the area and far from family and friends only adds to their isolation. Kathryn had been the glue that held the family together. John finds comfort in the old, slightly shabby Victorian house that Kathryn had insisted they buy before she died. It was her idea to restore it and build the family a beautiful home. So John, normally a workaholic chained to his computer, begins the restorations that Kathryn wanted. What he learns as he restores the old house is life changing for himself and his whole family.


“Caron Kamps Widden restores my faith in the domestic novel, the novel of ordinary people and their ordinary struggles and glories and passions, the novel written in clear, compelling prose, the novel you keep reading because you want to find out what happens to characters you have come to care about.” —Howard Junker, Founding Editor ZYZZYVA

“Caron Kamps Widden’s novel is a vivid portrait of a family struggling to survive after a tragedy. Beautifully written, it is threaded with emotional truth as the main characters restore an old home and rebuild their lives.” —Lisbeth Thom, Author of ROW AWAY FROM THE ROCKS