• Becca McCulloch

Review: Him with a Beard

Do you remember that moment you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

When nine-year-old Mille suddenly no longer believes in Santa Claus, it turns the house upside down.

Her mother, Stella, is in a pickle as the hunt to find Santa Claus unearths some family secrets.

Christmas is at risk!

And there’s only one person who can save it.


I wasn’t expecting this book to leave me with so many conflicting emotions. Stella is one of those few true believers whose love for Santa Claus never faded. But as he daughter begins to question and her husband reveals his non-believing side, she’s suddenly questioning herself and all her long-held truisms. In the end, she and her family have to begin to accept that the world can look different to each person and yet still hold magic. 

The story was lovely but also bittersweet. I found parallels to my friends who married inside a faith only to be abandoned in their faith by family, friends and children. There’s a sense of loneliness when others reject the foundation of your life that’s difficult to express, which is why seeing it in a story is both poignant and terrifying. I didn’t have answers for Stella and I don’t have answers for my friends in these situations - and I live in fear of having to join them in their emptying space. 

But whether it’s belief in God or science or a political system or Santa, the sands are shifting beneath our feet. We aren’t likely to live in the comfy beliefs of our childhood for very long. So find what binds you to your people and love it while it lasts without creating a hammer of belief that drives wedges between people - and then create space for inevitable change. 

A surprisingly thoughtful book that explores dozens of modern and unexpected themes. Definitely worth some reflection and pondering in between batches of Christmas cookies. 

(And no matter what...I will always be a true believer.)

Purchase Links

Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pernille-Meldgaard-Pedersen/e/B07HXLPDSJ/ Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Pernille-Meldgaard-Pedersen/e/B07HXLPDSJ/ Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/him-with-the-beard Itunes UK - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/isbn9788797086216 Itunes US - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9788797086216 Author Bio –

Pernille was born in 1988 and loves that she was born in the decade with the tallest hair, the most colourful clothes, and the best music.

Her imagination never stands still, and it’s often expressed in words and pictures. She wrote her first story when she was six years old. It was about the cat she unfortunately never got but wished for more than anything.

She loves autumn and Christmas and believes in elves.

From day to day she is a knight in training, an animator, and a secret agent – she has saved the world a few times by now. She’s also a professional daydreamer. She thinks the recipe for a good book is the same as the one for having a good life – a sense of kinship, humour, love, and that one thing that gives you a daily smile. Vestercity is a fictional city based on her upbringing near the city of Herning in Denmark. Social Media Links –

twitter: https://twitter.com/Pernille56 facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PernilleMeldgaardPedersenAuthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pernillemeldgaardpedersen/ website: https://pernillemeldgaardpedersenuk.blogspot.com/

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Win A Cosy Christmas Pack - with One Jim Shore Santa Claus Ornament, Santa Claus Marshmallows, A Chocolate Advent Calendar, A Pretty Christmas Storage Box and finally, A Signed Copy of my book Him With The Beard. Open internationally. 


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