John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow by @MimiMatthewsEsq #HistFic #Gothic #RBRT

56036070._SY475_Author: Mimi Matthews

Due for publication on 20th July by Perfectley Proper Press

Category: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Gothic, Romance, Book Review


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.

John Eyre is quite a different offering from from Mimi Matthews. In a very good way. It’s a gothic and paranormal retelling of Jane Eyre, with genders reversed and another classic tale thrown into the mix. The broodingly dark atmosphere of evil and menace is palpable.

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Sherborne Abbey, Dorset

We visited here again today. The Abbey was founded in the year 705 AD by Aldhelm, the then Abbot of Malmesbury IMG_2017and is a gloriously Gothic structure which has been added on to over the years. In it’s lifetime it’s been a Saxon Cathedral, a Benedictine Abbey and now is a Parish Church. The Abbey as it is today was mostly the work of an Abbot named Ramsam (1475-1504)

I don’t think you have to be a ‘religious’ person (I’m not) to appreciate such buildings, it’s an amazing feat of architecture that can just be admired as such.

Simon Jenkins, who wrote a book about England’s greatest churches said he would…

pit Sherborne’s roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance

The vaulted ceiling is incredibly intricate and the stained glass is beautiful…

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This is a view of the main altar and the detail on the stonework

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A further away view of the altar and the unbelievable organ

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All photos ©CathyRyan