Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 28th 2017
Goodreads Summary: “Where you are is home…”
At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…
Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.
Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.
My Rating: 5 Stars!!
There are times when you read a book and you just sit there, stunted and speechless. That is exactly how I feel after reading The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott. I had the honor of receiving this as an ARC read and it was so amazing.
Emma Scott is a new author to me, I wasn’t sure how this book was going to be going in, but once I started turning the pages, I was sucked into this story so hard, I devour it!
The book is split up into three sections. In the first section we meet Zelda Rossi. Poor Zelda had witnessed something terrible ten years ago that rocked her to her core. To this day she wasn’t the same. She suffered from panic attacks and fear. Zelda did one think that helped her get a little relief. She created a graphic novel. She had came to New York City to attempt to get her graphic novel up released. Unfortunately, she didn’t have any luck what to so ever. She was sure she was going to have to pack up what was left of her belongings and hit the road for home. That was until she met Beckett.
Beckett Copeland was working two jobs to try to stay afloat in New York, his home. He had a rent payment that was coming soon that he wasn’t sure he could even pay. With not only that on his shoulders, he couldn’t shake his past. He had made one mistake three years ago and he was haunted by it every day of his life. He was heavy laden from the guilt. He did the one thing he thought could possibly bring him some peace. He wrote.
When Zelda reaches out to Beckett shortly after their introduction to one another for help. Beckett was for sure that once she knew the truth of her past, she would turn around and change her tune. Zelda, however was strong and sure that together, they would learn how to survive, at least for a little while.
What happens after the alliance of these two was marvelous. It is told is dual point of view so you can get the thoughts of both characters. And when you do, you can feel this story unfolding right along with them. Emma Scott does an amazing job as she takes hold of your emotions until the very end of the story.
The Butterfly Project is about learning acceptance of yourself and your past as well as a coming home story. A home you did not know you were missing until you find it!