CLP Blog Tours #BookReview: The Pursuit of Happiness by Melissa Rae Madison

Reviewer: Samantha

the pursuit of happinessI received a review copy


Tay Bellagio, a former tomboy from rural Pennsylvania, has finally achieved the life of her dreams, or so she thinks. She’s a successful lawyer for a top law firm in Philadelphia, making more money that she ever imagined. She has a group of dear friends and a loving extended family, and the attractive bartender at the local Irish pub has just asked her on a date. She has everything she wants, except happiness.

Why is Tay so miserable? Maybe it’s her boss, a power-hungry partner at her firm who thrives on humiliating his subordinates. Maybe it’s her friends, who are getting fed up with her diva attitude, or her family, who thinks she’s pulling away from them. Maybe it’s the bartender, who thinks she’s shallow. Or maybe it’s because the life of her dreams is becoming a nightmare.

When family obligations and an ethical dilemma at work crumble Tay’s carefully constructed world, she has to take another look at her dreams and ambitions and decide what she wants out of life. And to her surprise, it may not be what she’d planned.


This book was super intriguing. Right off the bat I was curious about Tay. I will say that she might be unlikeable to some readers, because she does come off as quite the snob. Some of her moments were totally cringe-worthy. But we get to see her growth throughout the book. And we get to see some really awesome friendships, that actually reminded me a lot of my own group of friends. With plenty of relatable material between the pages, I think this one should be on your to-read list!

4.5 stars

melissa rae madisonAuthor Bio:

Melissa Rae Madison, a partially reformed lawyer, is formerly from Pennsylvania but now lives in sunny Southern California, where she regularly laments the scarcity of really good cannoli. When she’s not writing or lawyering, she enjoys reality tv marathons, sugary cereal, and being bossed around by her pushy Siamese cat.



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