Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits

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Pub Date Jun 11 2024 | Archive Date Jun 02 2024

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A cozy and magical tale of self-discovery, love, and the enduring bonds between the living and the dead.

Pippi Jennings has always been able to see ghosts, who she found to be rather friendly beings that listen politely to family conversations and occasionally borrow a sock from the dryer. She was the natural choice to inherit her recently-departed aunt’s inn, a popular vacation spot in Windia, Oregon where spirits go on holiday before moving onto the afterlife. When her aunt returns (reincarnated as a talking fox, no less) to help her niece manage an inn that literally has a mind of its own, Pippi finds her days filled with organizing excursions to ghost nightclubs, hosting midnight teas, maintaining harmony with the giant attic spiders, and most importantly, connecting the spirit guests with their living loved ones when they call the inn’s old rotary phone.

When the dashing yet delightfully unconventional ghost hunter Cecil Graham books a room at the strictly-no-living-allowed inn, Pippi finds herself drawn to him, even as he's determined to unearth the paranormal secrets of one of Oregon's "most haunted locations." Although dedicated to protecting her guests at all costs, Pippi is torn between duty and the love she’s found in someone who understands her world more than anyone has before.

Join Pippi in her first year as the Windia Inn’s proprietress, as she learns to operate a sentient inn, tend to the needs of her spirit guests, and balance a life she’s still living.

A cozy and magical tale of self-discovery, love, and the enduring bonds between the living and the dead.

Pippi Jennings has always been able to see ghosts, who she found to be rather friendly beings...

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Pippi’s Inn for Wandering Spirits was a charming story that fulfilled its unique premise so well! Pippi inherits an inn for spirits transitioning to the other side when her Aunt, Hazel, passes away - this is all despite an estrangement between her mother and Aunt leading to her barely having spent time with her. Luckily her Aunt is back to guide her as a fox. The spirit characters in this book, though generally changing and true supporting characters were friendly and entertaining. But they aren’t the most unique characters in this book as we also meet a guard gnome and giant spiders (who seem to love sweaters) who help guard the inn. When Pippi runs into a ‘ghost explorer’ Cecil, her new inn life gets a lot more complicated but culminates in some heart string tugging events. This was exactly as it was written to be, fun and whimsical, and I enjoyed it a lot as I think other readers who like their cozy novels to be a little different also will.

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This is a cozier, softer version of Under The Whispering Door, and I really enjoyed it! There is an element to these "cozy fantasy" books that can at time feel so simple and easy that you almost feel like there is something wrong with it, but whats wrong with a little love and comfort!?

Not that this book is all sweet and light - there is one plot in particular that surprised me and was incredibly sad, and I think in some ways, my main issue with this book in particular is that it "went there" with some of the plot, and introduced some heavy stuff, but then ended up shying away from the depth of emotion that would have made those plot points feel a little more serious.

Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for cozy fantasy vibes as long as they don't mind a little bit of sorrow and conflict mixed in.

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This book is an absolute DELIGHT. Every page was like a warm hug- Pippi is a friend we all wish we had. The magical elements of this fit naturally with the scene that Ritch expertly sets, a sleepy coastal town that contains much more than meets the eye.

This had Legends and Lattes vibes- a cozy story that follows a strong female main character’s journey to a new place, where she creates a meaningful place for others to gather.

I laughed, I cried, I had a great time. This is a feel-good and heartfelt story that will make you want to hug the people that you care about.

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Many, Many, Many thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the opportunity to read Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits by Erin Ritch. A Beezilion Gold Stars. I love this wonderful book.

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First of all, let me thank #netgalley for providing me with this ARC.

Now to the important stuff. This is everything a “cozy (fill in the blank)” book should be. There are ghosts, so I’m not sure if that is cozy horror? There is a witch (briefly) and spiders the size minivans so probably? But there are also portals and talking space heaters, and a house that is alive. Dreams become breakfasts, ghosts get to talk to loved ones on the phone (sort of) and the main character has a wide array of patterned overalls that show up miraculously every morning. When I say there is A LOT going on in this book, there is A LOT going on in this book. I haven’t even scratched the surface. And, I LOVED it all. Best, this book knows what it is and it stays in its lane and that’s why it was such a hit for me. We didn’t get lost in asides that are preachy or teachy about life for the sake of philosophizing. There wasn’t a noticeable amount of platitudes, cliches, or cringe. The book does not assume that the reader doesn’t want to do a little work just because we picked up a “cozy” book. It gave me some room to interpret character actions without being told exactly how they’re feeling directly after like so many books in this genre do. It’s silly, it’s comforting, it’s sweet, and funny. If you like confetti in the shape of a book, this is it.

This book is not perfect for all, but for those it is for, it’s perfect.

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Loved this book so much! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I'd recommend it to anyone who's into cosy fantasy vibes!

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This book is such a wonderful book! It's cozy and very creative, with a unique premise.
Like her Aunt Hazel, Pippi has been able to see spirits her entire life. This gift is seemingly passed down from aunt to niece, so when Aunt Hazel passes away, Pippi inherits her inn. The inn is a temporary residence for spirits in between life and afterlife. The inn takes care of itself- cooking, cleaning, etc, leaving Pippi to tend to the hosts. Her primary task is to be there for the hosts emotionally, answering calls from their loved ones.
This was such a delightful read. I enjoyed the take on life, the afterlife, and what is in between. Pippi is a strong character and it is shown through the difficult decisions she makes. I also enjoyed the fantasy world as a whole- the inn specifically for spirits (no humans allowed), the giant spiders who protect the inn, the talking fox. It is very creative and unique. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the romance between Pippi and Cecil. It felt a bit rushed and lacking foundation. It wouldn't bother so much if Cecil wasn't such a vital part of Pippi's life in the inn and the decisions she chose to make. Overall, I did enjoy this read and can't wait to have a physical copy when it's published!

Thank you NetGalley, BooksGoSocial, and Erin Ritch for this wonderful ARC!

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this before publication (Jun 2024). Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits by Erin Ritch.

Love love loved this book! Granted it did make me cry quite a few times. It is such a cute cozy book about a young girl with a special ability to see ghosts (it runs in the family), she inherits an Inn that is strictly for the dead to wind down and enjoy the little bit of time that they have left before officially "Checking-Out" which is when they know their loved ones left behind are ok. (These are the bits that made me cry thinking of my own departed loved ones).

The book is so beautifully written and fun the Inn is magical and it does all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry itself! Heck I wanna live there! There are giant spiders in Scuba gear and Christmas jumpers which is so funny, and Mo the Security Gnome - Adorable!

The book reminded me a little of TJ Klune Under the Whispering Door which is also fantastic but this book had more cozy vibes.

All in all, I gave it 5* and I devoured it in 2 nights as couldn't put it down. I 100% recommend and will be looking up the other author's books to read.

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This book is the definition of a cozy fantasy story. It's so charming and fun, and I really enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions I felt while reading. Thank you for the ARC!

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I really enjoyed reading this book, it had everything that I was hoping for from the description. The characters were what I wanted and enjoyed from the magical element. I enjoyed the overall feel of this and how the world was set up in this. Erin Ritch has a great writing style and was glad I got to read this.

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A fantastical story set on the wild Northern coastal region of the USA where strange small towns and Inns are to be found.
The fantasy is set at the level of a teen and thus the book is a very easy read. It is cosy and full of goodness and sentient creatures and structures. And of course there is an HEA.,
I enjoyed the read at the level it was set,
If you like stories of sentient Inns then do take a look at the series by Ilona Andrews.

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Such an adorable and cozy story! I love reading middle grade sometimes as a palate cleanser and Pippi did a wonderful job. Loved the vibes and the inn.

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Pippi Jennings has always been able to see ghosts, finding them to be rather friendly beings who listen politely to family conversations and occasionally borrow socks from the dryer. Naturally, she was the perfect choice to inherit her recently departed aunt’s inn, a popular vacation spot in Windia, Oregon, where spirits go on holiday before moving on to the afterlife. When her aunt returns—reincarnated as a talking fox, no less—to help her niece manage an inn that literally has a mind of its own, Pippi's days become filled with organizing excursions to ghost nightclubs, hosting midnight teas, maintaining harmony with the giant attic spiders, and, most importantly, connecting the spirit guests with their living loved ones via the inn’s old rotary phone.

"Pippi’s Inn for Wandering Spirits" is a charming tale that fully embraces its unique premise. Pippi inherits the inn after her Aunt Hazel’s passing, despite an estrangement between Hazel and Pippi’s mother that meant they barely knew each other. Thankfully, Aunt Hazel returns in the form of a fox to guide her. The spirit characters, though transient, are friendly and entertaining. Yet, it's the other whimsical inhabitants, like the guard gnome and the giant sweater-loving spiders, that truly stand out. When Pippi meets Cecil, a 'ghost explorer,' her new life at the inn becomes even more complicated, leading to some heartwarming and emotional moments. This book is exactly what it promises to be: fun, whimsical, and thoroughly enjoyable. Readers who enjoy cozy novels with a twist will find much to love here.

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing a copy of this book.

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The best way I can think to describe this book is that it's like being hugged. It's sweet and cosy and comforting and refreshing and just perfect.

Pippi is an endearing character who we see grow from strength to strength as she handles her first year as proprietress of an inn for spirits. It's a new and interesting take on the afterlife where spirits can visit a number of inns around the world to see and do all the things they wished to do in life before passing on to whatever is next for them.

The inn is a character unto itself. It has a quirky personality, running jokes and themes and encourages a few shenanigans along the way.

There's a series of other fantastic creatures to encounter through the story: giant spiders that live in the attic and help to keep the inn running smoothly. A gnome as head of security, a few witches in the nearby town, a talking heater, the spirit of a Kraken, and, of course, Pippi's aunt & former innkeeper Hazel who has come back as a spirit in the form of a talking fox to help guide Pippi through her first year.

The romance is sweet. It definitely takes a back seat for most of the story, but does come to the forefront to guide the plot towards the end. It's a bit of an insta-love, and I would have liked to have seen more character and relationship development, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I've never read a story like it. The premise is so unique and it's such a fun, comforting read which I will be recommending to my bookish friends for sure!

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This was a gripping read, I thought the characters were intriguing and I'm going to keep an eye out for more from this author.

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Thanks, NetGalley for the arc!
I loved this book so much, I consider it a cozy fantasy. I got the same comforting feeling i did when reading legends and lattes

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Pippa is the newest proprietor of an Inn in Oregon. This is no ordinary Inn though, this Inn is for the dead, passed down through the generations from Aunt to Niece. Of course this very special Inn (and Pippa’s gift for seeing the dead) must be kept secret from those who are not guests/living.🏡

This magical and spectacular Inn runs itself and provides all Pippa and the guests could need! Including their very own security team of attic spiders who defend (and assist, for the price of a goodie basket) the Inn! The Inn also allows the living to contact those departed through the Inn’s rotary phone. Pippa facilitates the telephone calls so the guests can listen, but not speak, to their loved ones.🥞🕷️📞

Pippa spends her days amongst the departed and during an outing from the Inn meets Cecil. Other than Pippa visiting the Inn as a child, the Inn does not allow the living to book a stay; however Cecil manages to book a room! 😱

Book your stay at the Windia Inn, get to know Pippa and the guests! Find out how Pippa does as she navigates taking over the duties at the Inn and what happens when the Inn makes room for a living guest! 💜

“Oh you, with your little details” - Amazing and fantastic details throughout the book- such a pleasure to read. The whimsy in the patterns on clothing and in the stained glass were just fabulous! The entire Inn was alive with those details and incredible characters(from the Inn itself, to the protectant spiders and garden gnomes, the dead and living)!🦊

It was my first time reading a book by author, Erin Ritch, and I enjoyed readying her work. The book was paranormal but touching and was about the life we live, the love we let in and how we cope with loss along the way. Heartwarming!!!

Thank you to Erin Ritch and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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I am usually not a reader of cozy-style books, but this was so fun!! The characters were sweet and endearing and the concept of Pippi inheriting a beautiful Victorian Inn on the coast, was magical. It was just the fun, supernatural with heart book to be a great pick me up! Would love if Pippi and the Inn became a series! #pippisinnforwanderingspirits #erinritch #netgalley #goodreads

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In keeping with the new cozy fantasy genre, this is a lovely, gentle tale that is about people finding their place in the world. The details are adorable (spiders in sweaters, sentient inns and overalls!), the characters are fun and the plot gives you just enough tension to keep the story moving but not enough to destroy the mood. As long as you can ignore the several large dump truck sized holes in the plot, this is a comfortable cozy read.

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i loved it this book!!
such a fun story with a lovely sentiment.
it was warm story and loved Pippi’s story and her relationships
would recommend if you love a cosy supernatural read

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I absolutely loved this book!

The story is extremely bittersweet and while my heart was filled with joy, I was also crying at two o'clock in the morning, especially when she did that last check-out.

The book follows Pippi, the new innkeeper, but this is not an ordinary inn, it's meant as a place where ghosts can stay while they are in-between. There are many elements I loved, from the fact that the ghosts can be transferred to other inns all over the world to the calls. The inn itself is magical and provides for its tenants.

But when Pippi meets a "ghost hunter" she has to pick between love and duty, and this will teach her a lot about doing what she feels it's the right thing to do and to listen to her heart more than anything. There are a few twists, I kinda predicted them, but they were still very pleasant.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4.5/5

This book was a wonderful cozy read, with entertaining characters and an intriguing plot. It hooked me from the start and wouldn't let go. I love the concept of an inn for ghosts, and it was very well thought out with how the inn works and how there's a network of ghost inns! The inn itself had a life of its own, which really added to that whimsical and cozy feeling. The relationships between the characters were very sweet though in some cases a little underdeveloped, such as Pippi and her mother. Some things happened just a little too conveniently and I wish there'd been a bit more of a focus into deep themes, but at the same time that may have changed the cozy vibe. Overall this is a very enjoyable book and I'd love to read more from this author!

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Thank you Netgalley and to the publisher for this arc.

It was a delight to read Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits.
I don't read cozy books too much, but this one sounded very good so I just had to. And happy I did cause I really enjoyed the story, the writing is lovely and it's atmospheric.

Triggers like grief are included which can be good to know.

But the story overall are cozy and I really loved the idea of the fox 🦊 that the author came up with 🥰

- Ghosts
- A fox
- Atmospheric
- Magical Inn

A cozy read I can highly recommend.

My rating: 4,5 ⭐

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This book starts with respectful and carefully crafted trigger warning about grief and loss, written by the author.

I loved the writing style, and the magic created by the Inn… I won’t give any spoilers, but it’s great fun and the product of a huge imagination. I wish this writer all the best and will look forward to reading more of her creations.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early review copy #PippisInnforWanderingSpirits #NetGalley

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This was a totally new concept for a story for me. It was really interesting how the author used the characters that passed as the main characters and the living as secondary characters. It dealt with death in a different way which was really intriguing.
The story has romance, fun, quirky characters and a great inn. It was a very entertaining story with a hint of sadness and hope.

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Thanks to Netgalley for my ARC copy. My thoughts are my own.

Wow , wow. I thought I would like this book, but I loved it. A modern-day cosy fantasy that just grabs you and makes you want to more. ATM, I've really been into cosy fantasy, and this is definitely a five-star read.

Mixing modern day and the supernatural Erin Ritch makes you want to laugh cry and gasp all ar rhe same time. Her ideals of what we go through after death really make you smile and hope that it will be an eventuality. This book tells the story of a woman who inherits an inn but no ordinary Inn...its an Inn that houses the dead. Born with a gift to see the dead Pippi takes over from her Aunty in provided vacations for ghost a dream she has always wanted...but things don't always go smoothly with the take over from giant spiders in the attic to a unplanned intervention fro a ghost Explorer you never left bored with all the goings on.

I know this book is going to a hit. I really hope there are more books based on Pippi and the Inn. It is such a brath of fresh air and a book you just don't want to put down. Well done

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5 stars)
Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits is almost everything you could want from a cozy read. Pippi inherits an inn from her aunt and now has to figure out how to run it while keeping her ghostly guests happy and delivering messages from their loved ones.

Everything seems fairly do-able until Cecil, a determined ghost hunter, shows up planning to investigate her inn. Pippi must manage the inn while keeping Cecil from discovering that all her guests are spirits. Thankfully, she’s not alone in this endeavor; her aunt is still around in the form of a talking fox, and the inn itself is alive, not to mention the giant spiders living in the attic that add a unique charm.

The story balances whimsy and heart, making it a delightful escape. The characters are endearing, and the inn’s quirky, supernatural elements make it a fun, cozy read.

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Pippi's Aunt Hazel has died, and left her an unusual inn. This inn only services ghosts, who are still in the real world until they are ready to move beyond. Pippi, who has been able to see ghosts her whole life, is eager to take on this new challenge, as it feels like the first time her gift will actually serve her. She moves into the Inn, who is sentient and a character itself, a fox familiar, and a host of ghost guests she wants to help find peace. But when she runs into a ghost researcher who has heard about the hauntedness of the inn, she faces a predicament of protecting her guests and following her heart.
I enjoyed this book, it was very much along the lines of Legends and Lattes, with very little at stake, just cozy vibes and charming characters. I personally prefer stories to be a little less perfectly sweet, but still highly recommend, especially for anyone looking for cozy fantasy.

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・❥・<i> Low stakes, cozy fantasy </i>
・❥・<i> Studio Ghibli, Legends and Lattes, and Cottagecore vibes </i>
・❥・<i> A perfect holiday hug (with a huge smile for Halloween!) 10/10 for ambiance and atmosphere! </i>
・❥・<i> Representation – FMC with gluten intolerance </i>
・❥・<i> Magical, charming, heartwarming, and super creative! </i>
・❥・<i> Beautiful underlying messages on the topics of grief and loss </i>

31 year old Phillipa (who prefers to be called Pippi) is our strong and independent female main character who has always had the gift of being able to see the dead. She inherits her Aunt Hazel’s inn located in northern Oregon in the gorgeous coastal town of Windia. If that already sounds magical, it’s because IT IS! <u> AND this is not just any normal inn. It is an inn for wandering spirits!!! </u>

<b> THE <s> SPIRITS </s> GUESTS </b>
<i> “After death, spirits are allowed a period of travel on earth before continuing to the afterlife.” </i>

I felt this was such a lovely and fulfilling concept as so many of us only get to dream of traveling during our lives because of all sorts of restraints. So, the idea that as a spirit you have a period of time to travel around to all your dream travel destinations before the afterlife begins is just so amazing!!

<b> THE INN </b>
<i> “A two story Victorian with a faded yellow paint job, the inn looked perfectly placed amidst the trees, like a lighthouse of sorts in the thick deciduous waters.” </i>

So, the inn is sentient. Yes, you read that correctly… SENTIENT! It cooks and cleans! Where can I get one NOW?!? Please, sign me up!!!

♡ This was my very first ARC ever! So, I am sure to never forget it and always be grateful for the experience! It was such a special story. I literally had the cheesiest smile plastered upon my face the entire time (when I wasn’t sobbing, of course, because that would be quite creepy) while reading this book, and I lived for the twists and all the emotions it stirred up within me. It was an easy 5☆ read and so cozy and light with so many cute and creative touches that I would have loved to read it all in one sitting!!

This book gave me ALL the warm and fuzzy feelings as it brought back many of my childhood memories of watching my favorite cozy/friendly Halloween movies such as Casper and Beetlejuice. I loved the Handbook for Housekeeping (it totally gave me flashbacks of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Beetlejuice!) and all the spirit interactions which reminded me of Casper. I never thought I’d find that feeling again as an adult!

╰┈➤Most definitely give this a read if you are looking for a feel-good read to squeeze in-between other heavy/stressful books, and if you just need a relaxing, peaceful, dreamy getaway!

You can tell the author poured her heart and soul into this story and the characters. I loved watching her TikToks! Loved how Taylor Swift's music helped inspire her writing for the story! I definitely think it is worth listening to “How Did It End” by Taylor Swift as suggested by the author in one of her BookTok videos to get you excited for the book! I wish her all the success and will be spreading all the positivity I can about this book!

<u> Random Thoughts </u>
~ This really needs to be adapted into a film! It would be so magical to watch. I will beg and keep dreaming/hoping!
~ I loved the concept of E.A.R.T.H. (Ethereal Accommodations for Restful Travel and Hospitality)! Spin off in the future?
~ One of my favorite quotes of the entire story:
<i> “Time is fleeting for a reason. If you embrace it with someone you love, you’ll find out why.” </i>
~ With an underlying focus on loss and grief, I just could not help but think about my own experiences in life. The communication idea for spirits was so strikingly heartbreaking but so lovely.
~ The Romance: I was actually a fan of the romantic subplot and thought it was well done. I enjoyed the conflict between the two characters (even if it was not super heavy or dramatic) and all the twists that I NEVER expected to happen! It is indeed a cozy story and supposed to be easily resolved and low-key/stress-free!

<b> Many thanks to BooksGoSocial for providing the advanced copy of this book for review consideration via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. </b>

Publication Date: June 11th, 2024

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Thank you so much to NetGalley and Erin Ritch for providing me with a complimentary digital ARC for Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits coming out June 11, 2024. The honest opinions expressed in this review are my own.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I really love cozy ghost stories and I thought the description sounded perfect. I loved the writing. It just felt really homey and warm. I loved the idea of the inn as a place for spirits to go. I think Pippi is a fun, strong character. She seemed to know what she wanted in life. I think the love story was definitely interesting and complicated. It was a I’m so cool and fun story. I loved it!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy, fantastical stories!

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Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits is a quaint cozy fantasy that is low in the action department but really shines in the characters and the Inn itself. Pippi can see ghosts, which makes her uniquely qualified to take over an Inn that isn't for the living but for the dead. A waystation where they can hang out, see, and do everything they never got to do in life and get messages from their loved ones.

The Inn is full of some amazing characters, that in no time you are completely invested in and miss when they move on.
There was this part at the end of chapter 27 that hit me right in the feels, and made me love this story even more.
I will absolutely be checking out this author's other works.

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Thank you, NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this ARC! This was a sweet, tender cozy fantasy book that navigates grief in such a great and respectful way. This was a charming, enjoyable read with characters you'll love!

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This was such a fun, engaging read. I can't remember the last time a book made me smile like this one did. Which is no small feat when you consider that it's a book about an inn for people who have passed away.

It's so much more than that though. Pippi inherits the inn from her Aunt and learns all the ins and outs of running an inn for the dearly departed. The inn itself is a sentient being and does it's best to help out and keep her on the right track. There is also an attic full of giant spiders that are friendly and also want to help.

Pippi is a terrific character and grows and gains confidence in her role as time goes on, realizing how important her job is to help the spirits prepare for transition to the afterlife. She meets a man named Cecil who is studying paranormal activity and although she likes him, she doesn't want to jeopardize the inn or it's guests.

A great Summer read in a world where things often feel too heavy. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advance copy. It comes out June 11th and I'll also be looking for more from this author.

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I really enjoyed this story. This felt like a comfy fantasy to me. I loved the theme of this book. A woman taking over a sentient inn for ghosts from her aunt after she passes. We follow her through learning the ropes of the inn while learning her own confidence. I would love to see this book as a series.

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Pipi’s inn for wandering spirits by Erin Ritch

4.5 / 5⭐️

I loved the vibes of this book! It was such a supportive feel good read. Pipi’s dedication to helping others while transitioning into a new role is something most people can relate to (although minus the ghosts 😅). There is a twist in the book that had my jaw dropping and a tear or two threatening to escape. And I adored pipis themed outfits. It was such a cute touch.

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I would first like to say: Thank you to NetGalley and Erin Ritch for the opportunity to read this before the publication date.

What do a woman who can see ghosts, Spirits on a holiday, and giant spiders have in common? Why a sentient, larger on the inside Inn for Spirits hidden in a small town in Oregon of course! Pippi, has inherited her late Aunts job of Innkeeper in this cozy low fantasy set in present day Oregon. The only catch is that the Inn is not for the living but the dead. The reader joins Pippi and her guests on learning the ropes, learning to trust each other, and dealing with some heavy issues revolving around death acceptance for both the dead and the living.

I gave this a solid 4.5 stars based off the CAWPILE grading system. I would have liked to see more, just more! I loved this book and everything about it, and didn't want it to end at all.

The Introduction was everything! I loved that the author not only introduced her book but also hinted at things that could trigger readers. I hope to see more authors doing this in the future.

The writing style was a light and airy and wasn't overfilled with Prose and flowery words which I really enjoyed as it flowed nicely. The characters (yes including the above mentioned giant spiders!) and their antics made me both laugh out loud in some parts and shed tears in others (which is a plus in my opinion.) I always love it when fictional characters can make me go through a course of emotions instead of having them feel stagnant. I would have liked to see the book talk more about the grieving process, but I also understand that might be too heavy for a low stakes cozy fantasy. But I really think that it would have made the book even more enjoyable as there were times where I felt more filler should have been added to the plot.

My overall enjoyment of this book was astronomical, and I really hope to see more from Pippi and her guests in the future.

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When Pippi's aunt dies, she inherits the Maine Inn that has been run by women in her family for years. Sounds normal, but Pippi's Inn is anything but. Her inn provides a resting spot for the spirits of the dead who are not ready to move on. They can travel for as long as they like, staying in Inn's like Pippi's while they wait for the people they left behind to no longer need them. While at these Inns, they can receive phone calls from their loved ones and it brings them comfort.

I loved the Maine setting of this book and the peaceful feeling of Pippi and her guests. It is just one isolated Inn, but I loved the world building of the Inn. There are helpful spiders in the attic, the inn is a great cook and provides Pippi with her outfit each day.

I totally recommend you pick up this book, which comes out June 11 and will be available on Kindle Unlimited. However, I would save Pippi for the fall. With the Maine setting and the spiders and ghosts, this just feels like a fall book to me.

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Pippi has inherited her Aunt Hazel’s inn. When she is facing the front of the inn, she is thinking of selling the inn but ends up running the inn with Aunt Hazel’s help. The inn is very special as Pippi learns but can’t quite believe it until she experiences it. Pippi isn’t bother that the inn is for ghosts who can travel to see other sites of the world by staying at inns such as Cairo, etc. Ghosts can receive phone calls from their living love ones left behind. Aunt Hazel tells her that landscaping and sweeping the porch are the only chores she will need to do besides answering the phone and letting the ghost know that she/he has a phone call. On her first night, she discovers that none of her clothes are in the closet or drawers. She discovers the next morning that the house has picked out the clothes to wear for the day. Does she wear them? As time passes, she becomes more comfortable with the ghosts and the house. Until Cecil arrives in his van and lets Pippi know that he is a ghost hunter. Pippi tells him he is wrong about their being any ghosts here. She has inherited several rules
including a rule that no living people can stay at the inn or be in it. Will Pippi be able to get rid of Cecil?

This is a delightful cozy mystery with ghosts. The ghosts only add to the story. I enjoyed working with her Aunt Hazel the first few days at the inn as Aunt Hazel died but was a fox instead of a ghost. Pippi’s daily interactions with the ghosts shows her growth of communication, not “judging a ghost by its appearance,” and her loyalty to the inn.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This cozy paranormal book is perfect for anyone looking for a pre-spooky season read! I love the mix of a budding romance with an inn that’s literally alive that is there to serve the dead… at least that’s how it starts. Set in the PNW, this book has a lovely setting and even more amazing characters. Pippy and Cecil’s romance and the ghosts who help it along make for a great sub story to the plot of Pippy inheriting the inn and needing to figure it out. Without giving too much away, this motley crew learns from each other and brings out the best in each other and in every situation they come across and also save a whole town in the process! Highly recommend to those who love a good book with multiple problems for the cast of characters to solve!

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Pippi's Inn for Wandering Spirits by Erin Ritch

Set in the PNW, this imaginative tale follows Pippi's journey after inheriting an inn for spirits from her aunt Hazel. These inn's can be found all across the world and are available for spirits that are waiting to move on. Humans are not allowed at the inn's, with the exception of the host, which is always a female relative of the previous host.

This is a lighthearted story that explores death and the afterlife in a beautiful and sensitive way. Featuring a magical inn that is sentient, talking foxes, ghostly shenanigans, a kind human host and a sweet love story. This is a great book for those who enjoy a fun, whimsical read.

This book is listed in the women's fiction category but is also appropriate for older adolescent readers. I tend to read books with more mature content, but this is a book I could recommend to my grandma and not have to worry about being banned from any holiday gatherings. I thought it was a sweet story and a refreshing read between more intense fantasy books.

Thank you Erin Ritch and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC!

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First off thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book.

Next, this book is perfect for those who love Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune. It gets you in the feels and you get sucked into a story about Pippi who becomes an Inn keeper after her aunt passes. This isn’t an ordinary inn though. This is an Inn for spirits who have passed and are not fully ready to move on. You get to go on the adventure of Pippi learning how to do this new job and she ends up meeting a man on an outing. He ends up showing up at her Inn and staying believing that the place is haunted, of course they end up in a bind but everything gets sorted out.

Lastly, I love how engrossed I got within this story. You fell in love with the characters and everything else involved. I loved the fact of how magical it is. I think this is a great book for those who have lost someone they love because this shows that it takes them a minute to move on as well. I like how the author portrayed that even in death you in a sense can still live a life and even travel if you want. I have lost several loved ones that I was close with and I would like to think that they got to live the life they wanted in death that they couldn’t get in life. So I praise to the author for writing something so magically beautiful.

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Pippi inherits an inn for ghosts from her aunt. Her aunt is reincarnated as a talking fox and helps her learn the ways of the inn. On a ghost field trip, Pippi meets Cecil, a ghost explorer. He figures out where the inn is and comes to visit her. She has to figure out how to host both ghosts and a human guest.

This is a quirky, different kind of book. I loved the cosy feel of it and the interesting concept of the afterlife. The giant spiders who live in the attic were my favourite characters. I want a sequel so I can have more scenes with them.

The book made me tear up a few times as people and ghosts deal with grief and loss. The moments were heartfelt, but restrained. The author never gets saccharine or emotionally manipulative.

I wanted a little more relationship building between Pippi and Cecil. I liked the scenes we got but didn’t feel completely invested in their relationship.

This is a charming, cosy read that I highly recommend to lovers of magical realism and fantasy. The book has lots of heart and makes me smile whenever I think of it.

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