Published by Self-Published on 02/28/2017
"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.
Emma Scott is a relatively new to me author, and I’ve not yet been disappointed. I thought the Full Tilt duet was brimming with skilled writing and rich in character development. The Butterfly Project mirrors its predecessor in that regard, and has a little something extra that has put it on my 2017 faves list.
In this new adult romance of strangers turned roommates Ms. Scott had the ability to showcase the traits of her characters that ultimately made me fall in love with them. Zelda’s bravery and Beckett’s kindness. I loved their instant friendship. The banter between them was full of humor and their communication was clear and concise. They showed maturity and consideration in their arrangement despite the desperation of their own situations where it would have been so easy to act like a threenager.
What I loved best was the friends to lovers element of the story. It was slow and sweet and perfect. Alternating POV narratives are very common, however I found a clear distinction in The Butterfly Project; being able to experience the heroine’s character growth through the eyes of the hero. Does this have a name? Was it done on purpose? Maybe it was because I felt so connected to the characters or really fell in love with the story, I don’t’ know. Regardless, I thought this stylistic choice was powerfully emotive as I was brought to tears numerous times, the little something extra that has made this book a favorite.
There were also some very moving and emotional secondary plot lines that brought on more tears than I thought I would have. Sometimes subplots can feel convenient or manufactured, but I assure you that they never felt like drama for drama sake in this case. The secondary characters were written with just as much attention as our protagonists. I believe this aided in the execution of these secondary stories making them equally as memorable as the 0ne between Zelda and Beckett.
If you love beta heroes like I do, you will fall in love with Beckett Copeland. He’s just so…nice. Not in a sickly-over-the-top way, but in a thoughtful, selfless and compassionate way. He had his alpha moments here and there, however I loved his quiet intensity and his seemingly innate ability to help Zelda when she felt out of control best. Sigh, he’s pretty great, and funny, and sweet. You know? Zelda is too. I loved her strength and determination despite her heartbreaking backstory. Her attempt at self healing was always portrayed as being something she really wanted, always portrayed as being ready to move forward, ready to be done with the feelings of guilt and loss. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which brought a much needed touch of levity to an otherwise heavy story.
This is new adult well done. I absolutely recommend and cannot wait to see what Emma Scott has in store for the future. She is 100% on my radar.