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

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Every town has its ugly little secrets...

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect and the Bigelows seem like the perfect family: the respected surgeon father, the glamorous, devoted mother and two beautiful children. A perfect family, in a perfect house living their perfect lives.

But perfect surfaces can hide dark undercurrents and behind closed doors lies a very different story. Teenager Zane and his younger sister, Britt, are terrorised by their violent father and dysfunctional mother. Too afraid to speak out, Zane does his best to protect his sister and counts the days until they can finally be free.

One dark, brutal night when their father's temper takes a horrifying turn for the worse, the perfect façade is exposed for the lie it is and Zane and Britt manage to escape. With the help of their beloved aunt, they rebuild their lives a day at a time, creating new families and putting their past behind them. But a childhood like that can cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. Can Zane and Britt ever be free of their past? Or will those dark undercurrents rise to the surface, forcing them to fight for their lives once again...

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Meet the author

Q&A with Nora Roberts

1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing is a joy, even when it is not going particularly well. The simple fact that you are lucky enough to have a job you love can’t be beat. The days when you can’t wait to get to the keyboard are the best. You can sit there and work in your pajamas. It doesn’t get much better than that!

2. Where is your favourite place to write?

I write in my office. Years ago, we added a third floor on our home. We live in the woods and the office features a large window in front of my workstation and skylights. I see nothing but trees when I look out. It’s full of light and very roomy. It’s a nice comfortable place to work.

3.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Write what you read for pleasure. Concentrate on the work, on making the story better. Whatever the market. Most of all have fun with it.

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

Before writing I was a very bad legal secretary. I can't imagine doing anything else. Writing is my career, my job, but it's also something I love. I have these stories running around in my head, and I can sit down and articulate them on paper, and it's just great good luck that someone will actually pay me to do that. It fulfils me. I have these people in my head, and I want to find out what happens.

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Win a copy of Under Currents and a £50 Spabreaks.com voucher

Like the sound of Under Currents? Enter here to win a copy!

We are giving away 10 copies of Under Currents by Nora Roberts. 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.

Our reader's reviews

"I have never read any Nora Roberts so didn’t know what to expect from this story with its dark themes of abuse. Although the subject is challenging and the descriptions are pretty graphic in places, there are many heartwarming and redemptive threads woven through the tale of a teenage boy, later a successful man; his family and friends; and the extended community of Lakeview. Also some beautiful descriptions of the lake and the stunning properties around it! A fast paced and suspenseful read." - Anne Murray - Rickmansworth

"Being a prolific reader, and never having read anything by this author, I was very much looking forward to the arrival of this book. The first part of the book ‘Cruelty of Lies ‘ was graphic in its portrayal of domestic violence and child cruelty. I believe significant research by the author must have been carried out in order to instil this level of realism into such horrific situations. The character of Graham, the need for control, complete lack of empathy for those around him and the charm he portrays to the outside world all rang true from my personal experience of marriage to a similar character for 20 years.

In summary: would I read another book by Nora Roberts? Yes I would, she is undoubtedly an excellent writer. Did I enjoy this book? To an extent, the first and second parts were extremely well written and if the book had ended around chapter 19 my review would have been much more positive. Would I recommend this book? Yes as a holiday read when lying on the beach this book would be a fairly good read. Will I add this book to my bookcase so I can keep it and read it again? No."

Competition terms and conditions

  • The prize draw opens on 08/06/20 and closes at 9am on 20/07/20. All entries after this point may not be included.
  • Winners will be drawn at random.
  • A total of ten copies of the book ‘Under Currents’ by Nora Roberts will be given away in this competition.
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