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
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
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.
I could not wait to start this book! I had been hearing such wonderful things but I needed to read it for myself. I am a fan of Emma Scott’s writing and she did NOT disappoint this time around. The writing is so seamless, so real, so heartfelt.
Zelda and Beckett are two lost souls, trying to survive, trying to forget. They are so alike but so different at the same time. They both have struggles that they are battling through, searching for and needing forgiveness. The slow build that Emma Scott gives us fit this story perfectly. Nothing is rushed with their relationship. Beckett and Zelda really do have great heads on their shoulders, they are smart about each decision they make in their lives, thinking things through.
The way that they become friends and then watching them morph into more was beautiful. The small moments that we live through the story were so plain and real life, not in a bad way, but in a way that we can all relate to. Their greeting of “Hey, yourself”, small gestures such as making coffee in the morning, healing each other physically and emotionally….all of these things creep up on you and add to the depth of this book. Before long you can see just how important they are to one another, that they are meant to be in one another’s lives.
“Maybe Zelda is changing my destiny.” ~Beckett
“I called you feeling so goddamn lost, but your voice…It’s like a searchlight in the fog.” ~Zelda
There is so much to this story, so much more I could say about things that happen. All of these words I am dying to speak but I want you to read this book…take this journey and live their story for yourself. I could not put this book down, stayed up late and got up early just so that I could keep reading. Beckett and Zelda are a couple that will stay with me for some time!
“She’s woven herself into my life, so tightly that if I cut those threads, I’ll unravel.”
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul- deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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