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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott REVIEW

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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott REVIEW

“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.

Review

So many stars!! One of my top reads of the year, possibly ever!

My first read by Emma Scott, this really blew my socks off and I can without a doubt say that this book is one that I will recommend for a long time to come.

From the very first chapter I was hooked, the writing pulled me in and the characters were completely loveable and believable.

Two broken people, who find hope and happiness in each other, this story was one of forgiveness and overcoming guilt and shame in different forms.

Zelda Rossi has been living with guilt since she was a child, and when she arrives in New York City determined to sell her comic book ideas to a publisher she vows not to let her sister down and fail.

Beckett Copeland is an ex-con, and the shame of his past stops him from pursuing happiness. When he meets a beautiful woman who begs for his help, his strong need to redeem himself by helping others overpowers him, and he invites her to stay with him in his tiny apartment in Brooklyn.

“I once read that you fell in love like how you fell asleep: slowly at first and then all at once.”

So many feelings in this book, I adored how they became friends, and I absolutely devoured their slow burn towards love. It was a special story and one that I will cherish forever.

A very powerful and beautiful read. I loved it completely.

The Butterfly Project is a standalone contemporary romance, told from dual POV

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

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 that fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.
xoxo

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