Obstacles – Cover Reveal

Good Morning everyone,

I hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful week and that you are as ready as I am for the weekend! I had to travel to Germany on business this week so I decided to stay a little longer and do some sightseeing in Berlin which I hadn’t visited in over a decade. This time I’m visiting the city alone and even if it is strange for me to be all by myself for a couple of days, I’m finding it quite nice because not only I get to go exactly where I want to when I want to, but also because it gives me plenty of me time which I’m using to catch up with my TBR pile 🙂 The problem is that new books keep coming out and I am often taken off track. The latest book that took me away from my TBR pile was Obstacles by Belén Paccagnella. She is a new Meryton Press author who decided to take our dear characters into a completely different environment, and I have been feeling the need for something different lately, so this caught my attention.

But let me share the book blurb with you so you may know of what I’m talking about.


Not all obstacles are restricted to the show-jumping arena…

Though Elizabeth Bennet lives an uneventful life instructing young equestrians at Longbourn, the family farm, she dreams of winning a show-jumping competition on Liddy, her spirited mare. But her life is upended when a team of world-renowned riders arrives at Netherfield, the neighbouring estate, and uses it as their training headquarters. As she assists the newcomers and their prize-winning mounts, she meets William Darcy, a wealthy and arrogant—albeit talented—rider with Olympic aspirations. He first insults and then ignores Elizabeth, and her feelings teeter between disgust at his hauteur and admiration for his equestrian prowess. As she discovers first-hand the rigors of a world for the elite, will Elizabeth change her perspective about love, trust, and the foibles of her own family?

Originally known as “Obstacles to Overcome,” Obstacles pays homage to Pride and Prejudice in the highly competitive world of equestrian show jumping.


Different right? I had never heard of a premise like this and I can easily see it becoming a movie, but do you know what else caught my attention? The cover! You know how I love covers, and I really liked some details on the cover of Obstacles like the scrapbook and the scissor. These small details can make a huge difference:) Also the back cover is equally appealing, I can clearly picture Elizabeth Bennet in that environment, I know that in regency she is not that fond of horses, but if you think of a modern Elizabeth, this is just how I imagine her 🙂

Fun fact: the horses on the back cover where running in the fields surrounding Netherfield from the 1995 adaption when Janet visited the place in 2012. She took the picture herself and decided to use it here because it was fitting to the story 😉

But I’ll let you take your own conclusions and move along to the BIG COVER REVEAL🙂

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So what do you think of it? Have you heard from this book before? What about the author? Do you want to find out more about her? You can read all about Belén I’m the author bio below 🙂


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Belén Paccagnella discovered the world of Jane Austen fan fiction after watching the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. In her teens, she lived in Brazil when her family moved to the city of Curitiba due to her father’s work. She moved back to Buenos Aires a few years later, where she studied agronomy but finally pursued a different career and started working in the development administration of shopping centres.

In 2001, she started writing both Regency and modern stories adapted from the Pride and Prejudice storyline, merging drama, humour, and adventure while creating characters with unique traits.

Belén still lives in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, where she shares her home with her daughter and her pets while spending her time working, reading, and writing.


It’s already on Amazon!

If the blurb and cover got you curious, please don’t forget to follow the blog tour in the usual blogs starting on September 17th!

Also, if you want this book to be uploaded to your kindle as soon as it is out, you’ll be happy to know that the book is available for pre-order from today until the 3rd of September!

If you look for it at amazon it is already there! You can follow this link to go straight to it 🙂

The book will be released on September 4th, and I’m looking forward to read your reviews of it 🙂


As I mentioned earlier I am currently traveling in Germany on business and yesterday when I was about to pay for a postcard I was buying, I saw this amazing tote bag!!!

Of course I couldn’t resist and bought every single one the store had, unfortunately they only had 3, so I’m keeping one to myself, I’m offering another one to a dear friend and I thought that one of my readers may like this bag too, so I’ll be offering it to a randomly chosen reader.

You know the drill, just comment on this post and let me know you’d like the tote bag. The giveaway is international and is open until the 8th of September.

Good luck everyone!

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19 responses to “Obstacles – Cover Reveal

  1. Well this certainly does sound like a different premise — like you, I’ve been looking for a different take on P&P JAFF. Might just give this one a try! The bag is clever — took me a few minutes to figure out who Mr Grey is (that 50 shades book and movie I presume?). Enjoy your travels and keep safe.

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  2. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and finished reading it on Tuesday. My review will be posted on JustJane1813 during September. I loved it and it certainly was a different story. Your review is lovely. I would love to win that bag so count me in the drawing.

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  3. I look forward to the blog tour. The tote is so cute and so true so I would love the chance to win it.

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  4. J. W. Garrett

    What a delightful premise… I love the cover… that picture at the gate with the horses in the background was lovely. I love the boots. Of course a scrapbook should be included. That is an important part of competition… pictures and awards.

    Thanks Rita for hosting and promoting this new launch. Also thanks for thinking of your fans when you saw those bags. What fun. I would have grabbed them too. Good luck to everyone in the drawing.

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  5. Jan Hahn

    This is a striking and attractive cover designed by the talented Janet Taylor. I believe it is different from any she’s ever done before. It certainly sets the scene for Belen’s story and makes me want to read the book. I remember how beloved her stories were back in the day on various JAFF sites. So glad Meryton Press is publishing her work. Congratulations, Belen!

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  6. Jan Ashton

    Great cover, and the story inside looks wonderfully intriguing. I always enjoy a good modern re-telling of P&P. Congrats to Belen!

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  7. Sophia Rose

    I love that you’re able to get away and do some looking about while on your business trip. I did that a little whenever I got sent away for job related trips, too. Neat that you found the totes. Hilarious!

    Oh yes, this book sounds right up my alley. The Equestrian events are my favorites for the summer Olympics. I’ll definitely love a P&P in this modern setting.

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  8. Tamara

    That tote bag is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Mary

    Rita,

    I must admit that I’d never heard of this author or book until you mentioned them in your post.
    I love the cover,especially the way the girl seems to be tenderly caressing the photo of Darcy on his mount,almost as if she’d like to reach in and touch the man himself.
    Or perhaps she is regretfully thinking of times past,happier moments shared before words spoken in haste tore slow tendrils of love and understanding apart….
    Yes,obstacles seems a very good choice for the bane of this book and I look forward to reading it.
    Enjoy your time alone in Germany!! Needless to say I’d love to be included in the draw for the fab bag!!
    Happy reading!!!

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  10. Thanks for bringing a new author to our attention, Rita. Apart from the pre-publication stuff I’ve seen from Meryton Press via social media, I hadn’t come across Belén’s work before. The premise is, as far as I can tell, a new one. It’s something I know a little bit about as I used to ride when I was (a lot) younger and followed show jumping when it was a popular TV sport here in the UK. Nowadays, our future daughter-in-law works with horses and also has her own. They mainly compete in local shows but recently took part in their first national one and did quite well for comparative novices.

    The cover by Janet is, as are all of hers, pretty amazing. How cool is it that the back cover picture was actually taken at “Netherfield”? And finding those totes, in Berlin of all places! Yes, please put my name in the giveaway hat. I’ll be along for the tour next month, for sure.

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  11. leighdreyer

    I wish I could pre-order books on KU. I’m excited fr this one!

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  12. Glynis

    I’d never heard of either the book or the author but I like the sound of it so I will put it on my list.
    I’m not fond of horses myself but as you know I do have a soft spot for Darcy and Elizabeth :). 🙂
    I love the bag so throw my name in please Rita.

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  13. Mary Preston

    The author and book are new to me too.

    I’m loving the tote. Count me in thanks.

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  14. Thank you for hosting this great reveal and for the lovely giveaway. This bag is wonderful and is a perfect compliment to the hottest horseman in England!!

    I hope your readers love this new story. I know Belen is excited to share this with your readers!

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  15. I hadn’t heard of this author or her work before, but I am looking forward to the blog tour.

    I know just what you mean about being sidelined by new things, Rita, there are books I’ve been meaning to read for so long, but other things seem to jump up my TBR instead of them, being new and shiny!

    Please don’t enter me for the giveaway, because I am a nightmare and never use tote bags, as lovely as they are! Mr Grey? pffft. Mr Darcy any day 🙂

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  16. Amy D'Orazio

    Beautiful cover Belen! I am excited to read the story!

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  17. Thanks for hosting, Rita. I wasn’t familiar with this author or her writing before either, but this book is excellent! I hope you get a chance to read it soon. Enjoy your solo visit!

    Belén, I wish you the best with your first release. It is such a good story and held my attention from the first page to the last! I’m looking forward to what you write next!

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  18. Thank you for the book blurb and the history of the cover, which means so much more knowing the author took the picture and its location. The premise of the book is very different from P&P variations, but horses make sense. I am sure it will be a wonderful read. Love the tote bag! I’ll take Darcy anytime but would love to have the tote and the comments would be hysterical. Thank you!

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  19. Well, I’ve never heard of this P&P modern story nor the author until a few days ago. I must say the plot is interesting and would definitely be on the lookout for the upcoming blog tour. And the cover is stunning and unlike what I have seen in JAFF book so far. Kudos to Janet Taylor for the amazing design!

    Thank you too for the generous gift, Rita. I don’t believe I own an Austenesque tote bag so I’m hoping that I win it.

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