Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: February 28, 2017
“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.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Zelda Rossi moved to New York City to forget her past and start anew. As a graphic novel artist, she used her art as therapy. But a rejection pushed her to the edge and desperation led her to ask from the kindness of a stranger.
Beckett Copeland made a mistake and still paying for it not only with his future but also his conscience. His guilt was choking his freedom until she breathed a new life into him. Both of them carried burdens of their past and must learn to unload them before they could move on.
There are an abundance of romance books out there and over time, they all started to blend together. But when I pick up an Emma Scott’s book, I knew there’d be something extra that set it apart and that’s what this one has.
“I made a huge fucking mistake. It’s not easy to come back from that.”
I fell in love with Beckett pretty much immediately. His heart made up for any flaws he had. He was the epitome of how a good human being could also made mistakes, but one mistake should not define their whole life.
I recognized the weight of guilt hanging around his neck, because I wore it too.
Behind Zelda’s spunky hard shell, there’s a myriad of regret and insecurities bubbling inside her and threatening to cave in. With all that she was still capable of putting others first.
I like the book premise of chaos theory – something small and insignificant could make a huge impact. A small act of kindness could change someone’s course in life. And in this book, it didn’t just affect the main characters but also the people around them.
“Some days the work feels like punishment. Every time Kira kills someone, it’s not relief. It just ties her more tightly to her loss.”
I absolutely love the incorporation of comic page at the start if each parts. I also like how the story in the comic played a part in the characters’ decision making.
“In forty-one letters over three years, you never asked me for forgiveness. Why?”
“It didn’t feel right,” I said, the words scraping my throat. “I don’t know that I deserve that.”
The Butterfly Project is a story revolved around the theme of forgiveness and how one can find peace in learning to give and accept. It would appeal to readers who like stories that touch the goodness in human beings.
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Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.