Historical, Mystery/Suspense

Spotlight – John Eyre by Mimi Matthews

  • Title: John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow
  • Author: Mimi Matthews
  • Genre: historical fiction, Gothic romance, paranormal fiction
  • Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (July 20, 2021)
  • Length: (364) pages
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1736080207
  • Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1736080221
  • eBook ASIN: B08NPLVHVN


Yorkshire, 1843. When disgraced former schoolmaster John Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up a position as tutor to two peculiar young boys, he enters a world unlike any he’s ever known. Darkness abounds, punctuated by odd bumps in the night, strange creatures on the moor, and a sinister silver mist that never seems to dissipate. And at the center of it all, John’s new employer—a widow as alluring as she is mysterious.

Sixteen months earlier, heiress Bertha Mason embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Marriage wasn’t on her itinerary, but on meeting the enigmatic Edward Rochester, she’s powerless to resist his preternatural charm. In letters and journal entries, she records the story of their rapidly disintegrating life together, and of her gradual realization that Mr. Rochester isn’t quite the man he appears to be. In fact, he may not be a man at all.

From a cliff-top fortress on the Black Sea coast to an isolated estate in rural England, John and Bertha contend with secrets, danger, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Can they help each other vanquish the demons of the past? Or are some evils simply too powerful to conquer?


USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Regency and Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.



I’d like to add just a few thoughts of my own here…initially I signed up to join this book tour because I’ve read and loved other Mimi Matthews books. Her normal genre in the past has been historical, regency era clean romances. This is what I thought I was signing up for. Then I found out that this book has some darker lines, and I asked if I could withdraw from the tour or do a spotlight only. I still hope to post a review of this book at some point, and will add it here. But I wanted my blog followers to be aware that this book is not my normal type of reading. There is some gothic spookiness, a bit more ghostly than my preference.

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