The Relax and Read book club

Bringing new meaning to the term R&R

What is Relax and Read?

Whilst technology can be great, it’s also important to have time away from it and make time for ourselves. The two places we think provide the best opportunity for just that are between the pages of a book and in a spa. Fortunately, the two go perfectly together, making a spa break the perfect time to tune out and reignite the senses by picking up a good book.

This is why we have launched the Relax and Read Book Club, bringing new meaning to the term R&R. The Relax and Read Book Club will give you the chance to discover new books, learn about the authors, share your opinions and really escape into an inspiring world of literature.

Each month we will select five Spabreaks.com customers from a self-nominated pool to read and review a newly released or soon-to-be released book, spanning all genres. They will have six weeks to read the book before writing reviews that will be published on our acclaimed wellbeing blog and shared with club members via a dedicated newsletter.

Relax and Read's book of the month

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way - except for the fact that he just doesn't speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn't know where to turn.

Then Hari's aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.

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Meet the author

Q&A with Jenny Colgan

1. Where is your favourite place to write?

A coffee shop, because when I hit my word count I get a sandwich.

2. How do you select the names of your characters?

Oh names are so so difficult. When I'm signing I am always on the look out for good names.

3. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Neither of those two things, it takes me somewhere else, just completely out of wherever I am or whatever else is going on in my life.

4. What did you edit out of this book?

I changed the end, but I'm not telling you how!

5. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

In my dream world, I'd be a cartoonist. In reality I'd probably be a really really crap theatre administrator.

Read the full interview

Our reader's reviews

“I read a Jenny Colgan book many years ago and not quite sure why I haven’t read more of her work?! So when I was lucky enough to be sent the book to review I really looked forward to reading it, I loved the title! It would be my dream to run a book shop!

This is a lovely read which will pull on your heart strings but at the same time make you smile. A special mention has to be for Scotland as it is portrayed beautifully in this book. You can tell the author lives there! From the haar on the loch to the beautiful autumnal sunshine, it has made me want to take my next UK holiday up in the highlands.

I loved this book and the characters in it and was really sad to finish it and leave them behind. That has to be a good recommendation! I have also purchased a couple more of Jenny’s books!” - Colette, Hull

“Emotionally a survival story. After a tough time, Zoe is employed as an aupair to a dysfunctional family. Faced with this dysfunctional family, her care duties override her own problems. It is uplifting and joyous. Zoe is also involved in a wonderful world of books with the joy it can bring. Read and relax.” - Sidonie, Brighton

“Chick lit is not my favourite genre but I do like a well written story and The Bookshop On The Shore is just that, a really well written story … This is the story about a young woman facing new challenges and how she eventually learns to love her new life. An excellent read!” - Anne, London

Win a copy of The Bookshop on the Shore and a £50 Spabreaks.com voucher

Like the sound of The Bookshop on the Shore? Enter here to win a copy!

We are giving away 10 copies of The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan. It has been a big hit with our Relax and Read reviewers, why not see for yourself?

The first winner picked at random will also receive a £50 Spabreaks.com voucher!

For full terms and conditions, promotional information and privacy policies please see below.

Competition Terms and Conditions

  • The prize draw opens on 20/04/20 and closes at 9am on 01/06/20. All entries after this point may not be included.
  • Winners will be drawn at random.
  • A total of ten copies of the book ‘The Bookshop on the Shore’ by Jenny Colgan will be given away in this competition.
  • The first winner, selected at random, will also receive a £50 Spabreaks.com voucher with their copy of The Bookshop on the Shore.
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  • The £50 Spabreaks.com voucher will be valid for twelve months.
  • Prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
  • The Prize Draw is open to residents of the UK aged 18 or over.
  • If the Prize(s) is not claimed within 14 days of the Winner(s) being notified, Spabreaks.com reserves the right to award the Prize(s) to an alternative winner(s).