Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tagline: "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.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2lkj8ZY
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/TheButterflyProject
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“She was something I never saw coming.”
Zelda Rossi leaves Vegas determined to make it in New York City. After a series of unfortunate circumstances, she is about to give up. Until she encounters Beckett Copeland. His heart seems hardened. A heart like hers. One she knows too well. She sees a second chance by becoming his roommate and working towards the reason why she came to NYC to begin with, to vindicate the heavy guilt, she has carried for so many years. Beckett knows more than anyone that there are consequences to actions. But he needs the help with the rent. And that’s why he accepted her roommate proposal. Right? He knows he has nothing to offer Zelda. And he plans to keep it that way.
“I looked at this beautiful, smart, woman sitting beside me, I didn’t deserve a shot at happiness, but she did.”
I am vague on the details as I cannot fathom telling you their story. It sounds better coming from them. And the author writes it as if it were their hearts narrating from beginning to end. Zelda and Beckett form a connection immediately as both recognize something in each other that cannot be put into words. Because the burden they carry is a weight that is felt, not spoken of. The storyline is a unique one. The author’s talent in executing a timeless and incomparable storyline does not go unnoticed as she gifts the literary world with Zelda and Beckett. These two? They are treasures. Simply all the good in this world. I could tell you why, but the author’s words speak to this.
“She’s woven herself into my life, so tightly that if I cut those threads, I’ll unravel. The warmth will seep out, the light will dim until I’m nothing but dark.”
This book is simply every love song. The masterfully executed storyline captured the highs and lows of finding love with a hardened heart. Of learning to not only give love, but most importantly accepting the love you deserve. The words are palpable and unrelenting as the author pushes you to know and understand that love endures the most through the darkest moments. Zelda and Beckett’s past although different, both carry an unfathomable grievance. Heavy. Painful. Neither willing to see a path to forgiveness. Until finding each other. Their humility a testament to second chances and not allowing choices to define you forever. Transcending and monumental, Zelda and Beckett’s love story is boundless. Infinite. Ever lasting. Their love exhilarating. Selfless. Boundless.
“And I realized you could get used to anything- even being alone for years – right until the moment you touched something better than what you had.”
With every single book I am absolutely blown away by the sheer magnitude of talent this author holds. She never writes the same story and with each one, the love always resounds. Her words in this story are stimulating, her prose eloquent and awakening. As I type this review I am completely in my feelings. And not because this was a sad read. But because the story resonated on a level so deep with me that I can hardly put into words. As much as the main characters made the story, there was a side character that I fell completely connected with. Darlene. Her role small, but her impact immeasurable. To the author... this character made some unfortunate choices, yet you treated her with grace, dignity, and respect. She is someone’s daughter, niece, aunt, lover. She was not her choices. Thank you for remembering this. Thank you for making the readers see this. That regardless of what she did, she is a person first. And worthy of love and life. Personally, this was deeply touching to me. That small gesture means more to me that you will ever know.
“I’m falling in love with Zelda Rossi and my imperfect heart wants to think she’s falling for me too.”
What a privilege it is to read this author’s work. I truly believe everyone who reads this book will come away from it looking at life differently. It is the type book that speaks to your heart, but most importantly your soul. Most of all, this book is to and for the lonely, the forgotten. To the people who are casted aside because of your past. You are loved. Worthy to be loved and to love others. This book reminds us that you are not invisible for you exist. And your existence is instrumental to this world. This books reminds us to listen for your voice as you should never go unheard. Because the author? She makes us listen. I hear you. We hear you. Loudly. Clearly. You are not your mistakes. You are so much more than your regrets and deepest flaws. You should never carry the burden alone. And most importantly, you matter. Always.
“I’d go to the end of the earth for her.”
The Butterfly Project is a brilliant and riveting read. The profoundly moving storyline left me breathless. The author’s talent knows no boundaries as she manifests a poignant and inspiring account of the greatest love story you will ever read. One that testifies to her unmatched talent. Unforgettable and bewitching, I’m claiming this as my top read of 2017.
“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked.
Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.
“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting out?”
“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell through.”
“What was the job?”
“You’ll think it’s stupid.”
“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.
I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”
He stared at me blankly.
“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said. “Like The Walking Dead?”
“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”
Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”
“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”
Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were robbed?”
I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated. “I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”
“You tried. That’s more than most people do.” “Tried and failed.”
“So try again.”
“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”
“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”
Yes, and only two hours by train.
“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”
“Were you hurt?”
I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”
“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”
“No, I... No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”
He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”
I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of here, the better for
Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt...
Safe. I feel safe with him.
“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.
“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with sarcasm.
Because that was safe for me.
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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