Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

John Eyre

A Tale of Darkness and Shadow

About the Book

A Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice Selection
One of BookBub’s Best Books Arriving in 2021
One of Book Riot’s Best Recent Vampire Reads
One of Barnes & Noble’s Favorite Indie Books of 2021

From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a supernatural Victorian gothic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless classic.

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?

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Narrator: Nicholas Boulton and Justine Eyre
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 10h 24m


One of BookBub’s Best Books Arriving in 2021

One of Book Riot’s Best Recent Vampire Reads

One of Barnes & Noble’s Favorite Indie eBooks of 2021

“[Matthews] combines a classic story of forbidden love with paranormal suspense, full of strange creatures that defy the laws of science. Readers who crave a paranormal twist to their romances will find this a mesmerizing story.”

Library Journal

“In this thrilling remix of Charlotte Brontë’s work, Matthews skillfully transforms a well-known story into a truly original tale.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Bertha Mason Rochester shines, dominating her scenes with vitality and strength. The style, too, is spot-on, reprising the spirit of 19th-century Gothic prose without descending into mimicry.”

Publishers Weekly

“In bestselling author Matthews’ hands, John Eyre offers new twists and turns…a stellar addition to the Eyre family of fan fiction.”

Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)

“A fast-paced and riveting read, not to mention a great subversion of the gothic trope where the innocent young governess falls for the brooding anti-hero with the dark secret.”

All About Romance (Desert Isle Keeper)

“Reader, I loved it. Matthews has crafted a compelling and addictive tale that I was tempted to immediately click back to begin reading again.”


“Haunting, passionate, and alluring… John Eyre is a masterful and thoughtful homage to both Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Bram Stoker’s Dracula that is sure to be appreciated and admired by readers…”

Austenesque Reviews

“Episodes from the original novel are recalled, but with more than enough difference to alarm and even shock the reader. Most cleverly, issues with the captive’s background and treatment are neatly avoided by drawing on another Victorian novel altogether…”

The Victorian Web

“Matthews’ writing style is flawless… A thrilling, spooky ride filled with heart-stopping suspense—I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended!”

Syrie James, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and Dracula, My Love

“[A] captivating and ingenious retelling of Jane Eyre with a supernatural twist. Smart, suspenseful, and deliciously spooky, JOHN EYRE is a must-read; I loved everything about it!”

–  Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries and the Electra McDonnell series

“Matthews has created something completely original with JOHN EYRE while honoring JANE EYRE’s roots and excavating its subtext. What a blast this was to read! … Highly recommended.”

Kris Waldherr, author of The Lost History of Dreams

“One of the most moving, suspenseful, innovative and remarkable retellings of a classic in the history of, well, ever… Every page is sheer rapture as [Matthews] moulds popular source material into a spell-binding creation so wholly her own.”

Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“A wonderful sinister atmosphere, deliciously creepy characters, and a female character who is a powerful force… A true homage to the gothic genre without being derivative… Highly, highly recommended!”

Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice

“Creepy, vivid, gothic, and captivating, beware stepping into John Eyre‘s pages as you will take a journey your heart and mind won’t soon forget!

Relz Reviews

“[Matthews] retells Charlotte Bronte’s classic story in a way that will keep fans of the original novel totally gripped from cover to cover… Fresh and dynamic… Fast-paced and spellbinding…a book you will have a hard time putting down.”

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The Details

Published: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Pages: 362
Formats: EbookPaperbackHardcoverAudiobook
ISBN-10: 1736080207 ISBN-13: 978-1736080207 ASIN: B08NPLVHVN
Genres & Tropes
Gothic Romance, Supernatural Gothic, Victorian Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Clean & Wholesome

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