What Readers Are Saying
'The Last Brass Ring' is a captivating journey to late 1980s Staten Island, where love, a restored carousel, and a long-buried family secret intertwine to create an enchanting and unforgettable tale. Get ready to be swept away in this mesmerizing novel filled with nostalgia and heartwarming revelations."
— Christopher Barzak, author, Wonders of the Invisible World
"I read over 100 books a year, and this one grabbed me right away."
— A.P. Kober, Librarian
"The Last Brass Ring is a charming exploration of restoration and rebirth. Restoration of a dilapidated carousel on Staten Island; of secret family histories and misunderstood relatives; of broken relationships, prejudices, and preconceptions. In a turbulent age complicated by racial tensions, Lilli navigates the perilous waters of forbidden friendships and budding first love. Her funny and snarky voice perfectly animates a smart, rebellious girl gradually being reborn as a much wiser woman. The writing sparkles, the story captivates and surprises, the entire book delights."
— Kenn Amdahl, author, There Are No Electrons
"There are no summer job blahs for Lilli in this charming, well-written story about new friendships, budding romance, and big family secrets."
~Linda Joffe Hull, author, The Royal Game (co-writing as Linda Keir)
"You can smell the hot dogs, feel the humidity, and hear the music of the carousel. Hill takes the reader into the heart and soul of what it's like to be a young woman finding her place in the world, no matter the decade or the location. Lilli Rose is a character so memorable and lovable we can't help but root for her as she struggles to unravel tightly knotted secrets and to understand her past and what family means. The Last Brass Ring is a coming-of-age story with so much heart you will think about Lilli and her triumph of courage long after you close the book."
--Shannon Baker, author, Kate Fox mystery series.