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"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.

I loved this story! This is the 3rd Emma Scott book I have read, and she is 3 for 3 – she writes amazingly deep and emotional love stories that touch me and make my heart full.

Both Zelda (I wasn’t a fan of her name but went with it) and Beckett were very broken, and neither from your typical New Adult baggage. Both of them were still strong, trying to live their lives but not doing a very good job as they were struggling financially. When they met there was an instant feeling of connection. Zelda described it, and I am pretty sure I totally felt it. These two strangers build up a trust between them, and they helped each other find a way out of their darknesses. Now, it wasn’t easy and there were definitely setbacks along the way…being a convicted felon does not go away…but no love story is easy and that’s what makes it worth it.

Zelda was an amazing heroine. While I’m personally not a fan of graphic novels, I loved that she found her passion in creating them and could almost see myself reading one. The parallel to her life was something she didn’t realize the depths of until Beckett pointed it out. It was because of him that she began her journey towards healing. She also played a huge role in Beckett’s journey. He was living in his own head and could not get past his guilt…it was eating him alive. I seriously could feel him crawling out of his own skin with guilt. But with Zelda in his life he found brightness, which in turn did something later on that changed his life.

The romance was slow burning angsty goodness. Zelda and Beckett did not want any complications if they were to become more than friends, so they stayed platonic for as long as they could hold out for. It was glorious. The romance was there, we could all see it, so when it finally happened I couldn’t get enough.

There are secondary characters in this story that I just loved. I really hope there is a spin off book for at least 1 of them…but I’d take more!

The ending was simply lovely. More things than I could have hoped for happened and I wanted to burst. Especially for Beckett. His life became full of joy and he truly deserved it. I also have to say that I loved the conflict that still existed after the romance started. It made it real and showed just how these two were meant to be.

For me, it’s Ms. Scott’s writing that puts her stories on such a high level. The words flow effortlessly, in a way that brings me right into the world she created and I can feel the gloom, the happiness, the hopefullness and the heartache she expresses. There is no formula for this, either the author has a gift or not, and Emma Scott has this gift in spades. I will read anything she writes, her books are fantastic. Thank you for writing!

Happy reading!

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