. . . Or do they? The effects of Fate were immediately felt by the Benedict family after their move in 1968, from New York City to New Jersey, and reverberate far into the future in this dramatic and fast-paced, stand-alone follow-up novel.
Trampled Underfoot takes us on one more nostalgic journey through the 1970s and, once again, Ms. Good blurs the lines between true life events and fiction-seamlessly picking up the story from when we last saw Lia Benedict at the crossroads of life.
It's spring of 1976 and Lia, the hopeless romantic, is now 23 years of age and, whether by choice or by the hands of Fate, had recently become Mrs. Vic Somers.
She'd adopted the same controversial beliefs first introduced by her mother, Marie, upon her father's untimely death in 1970. This latest development creates a deeper rift in relations within the Benedict family.
Vic Somers followed his bride's footsteps in her quest for righteousness and God's blessing, but has Vic's defective heart really changed from the cheating ways it once possessed?
Downtrodden, Lia's faith is shaken and her confidence crushed, but what can she do? Nothing. "My life's been set in stone and the cement is hardening around my feet." Immobilized and in denial, the dogma of a strict religion places an unhealthy fear of The Judgment Day if she makes any missteps in the here and now.
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Given To Me For An Honest Review Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia by Elizabeth Good is a real page turner. Make sure you have your seatbelt on real tight because you are about to be held down real tight, and then you'll watch the pages turn and turn and turn some more. Before you know it youll be at the end of the book. And when that happens you'll be wondering if you read was really what you read. Whilel you read this story you'll find yourself being drawn in and becoming a part of the story. This story is very complicated and hearbreaking. This book would look great on your bookshelf. Elizabeth Good did a fantastic job with the storyline and she will keep you reading until the end.If you want a great book to read then this is the one. She hit it out of the ballpark with this one and you'll love it. I gave it 5 stars but wish I could give it more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I wait for more great reads from Elizabeth Good.
Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia is Elizabeth Good's follow up story to her novel, Just Another Sunday. Even though Trampled Underfoot is a stand alone dramatic fiction novel, there are some aspects of character personalities and pieces of the story that the reader may feel are missing if he/she hasn't read the earlier novel. On the other hand, Good does a nice job of moving the reader back to the mid-1970s, which is the time the story is set in. The characters' behaviors, as well as some of the props, help the reader get a good sense of that time frame. Lia is truly treated with little to no respect by everyone in the story. Therefore, the title fits quite well. Not only does Good clearly express how much of a jerk Vic is through his infidelity and degrading speech to Lia, but she also displays Lia's family verbally mistreating her. In the middle of her marital upheaval, Lia has to deal with the fanatical religious views of some members of her family. Lia, her mother and sisters have become Jehovah Witnesses, but a number of Lia's choices don't bode well for her. She attempts to follow the strict regulations of her religion, but that ends up endangering her and her pregnancies. The lack of respect for Lia is apparent from her fellow Witnesses, as well as her doctors and eventually from her attorney. The storyline moves quickly as Lia tries to do the right thing time and time again. It is interesting just how strong a woman she turns out to be after being Trampled Underfoot over and over again. Elizabeth Good's Trampled Underfoot most certainly shares dirt on Vic and Lia. It is written fairly well and kept my interest. Having grown up in the 1970s, I feel that Good skillfully created an opportunity to step back in time alongside Lia and her experiences. Trampled Underfoot is most certainly a story filled with drama, and one that will keep you wondering what could possibly go wrong next.
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Elizabeth Good’s Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia is a rough and raw story of a woman trampled by fictitious love. Lia marries Vic, believing fate and love have brought them together. Lia becomes a Jehovah’s Witness, believing she has found the truth of God’s love. Lia’s family is divided by pious religious doctrine and her marriage is divided by Vic’s numerous affairs. All the while, Lia keeps having weird dreams regarding her beloved deceased father. Lia is determined to be a loving wife, a devout Witness, a gracious sister and a caring mother. But life deals her a nasty hand; she is controlled by a sick, domineering husband and a cult full of doomsday freaks. Where is the love? Did it die with her father? For the sake of her son, Lia must take control of her life, and “laugh in the face of Fate and choose her own destiny.” Elizabeth Good writes a gut wrenching narrative from her own life experience in Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia. I have never seen a more fitting title for a book. The subtitle says it all – this is a dirt filled story. Good captures the 1970s with all of its kaleidoscopic flair. It was an era of brewing chaos - war, drugs, free sex and rock-n-roll. Throughout the story you could feel the agonizing reality within the lives of the characters. The protagonist goes from extreme highs to abysmal lows, weakness is mixed with strength, and devotion is muddied by addiction. I don’t believe I have ever loathed a character as much as I did this antagonist. Good penetrates the reader’s heart and soul, writing an emotional roller-coaster, up and down, twisting your gut and gripping your heart to the very end. Trampled Underfoot takes the cliche “love is blind” to a whole new level.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia is a contemporary women's fiction novel written by Elizabeth Good. This book continues the saga of the Benedict family that began with the author's novel, Just Another Sunday. Vic and Lia Somers live in a small Jersey shore cottage that Lia's working hard to fix up. While she’s trying not too successfully to hang up new curtains and spruce up the little rental, she fantasizes about fixing up her own home someday. Lia works for a doctor, and Vic is an auto mechanic. Lia’s crazy about Vic, even if her sister Tina doesn’t approve of him. Lia was able to look past his disastrous and short-lived first marriage and believes that his willingness to become a Jehovah’s Witness is proof of his new resolve and love for her. Lia’s family is still reeling over the sudden death of her beloved father, which seemed so unfairly soon after he had finally achieved his dream of moving his family out of New York and into the suburbs of New Jersey. Elizabeth Good's contemporary women's fiction novel, Trampled Underfoot: The Dirt on Vic and Lia, is well-written and entertaining. While this is the second volume in a series, I found that the author included just enough details to make this book work as a stand-alone novel. Much of the story revolves around the impact that conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses has upon Lia and her family, and I found the scenes set during services to be particularly intriguing and troubling at the same time. I also appreciated how the author so effectively evoked the spirit and times of the seventies with her references to music and cars from that era, and her descriptions of the story’s New Jersey settings along the shore and in the Pine Barrens were marvelous. This family saga is compelling and thought-provoking, and it's very easy to get involved in the lives of Lia, her friends and her family. Trampled Underfoot is highly recommended.