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Luck of the Titanic

By: Stacey Lee
Narrated by: Rebecca Yeo,Stacey Lee
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Publisher's Summary

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she's turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren't allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is there, as is an influential circus owner, whom Val hopes to audition for. Thankfully, there's not much a trained acrobat like Val can't overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, perform for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val's dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.

* This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of resources from the printed book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Stacey Lee (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

An Indie Bestseller

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

“Lee gives life to the young women of the Chinese diaspora, writing them back into the story.... So rich and focused are [Val's] schemes that as a reader, it's very easy to get caught up in them, and forget that before long, the only thing that will matter is the icy depths of the Atlantic.” (NPR)

“Historical romance fans will love Luck of the Titanic.” (Bustle

“Lovingly rendered, Val’s bittersweet story is one of hope, courage and the fight to survive.” (Ms. Magazine) 

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Gorgeous, gripping story; loved it.

A Chinese British acrobat Valora is trying to convince her brother, who is sailing on the Titanic along with his company of Chinese sailors, to go to America with her. Their parents are dead, and he is all she has left. Her plan is to get an audition before Mr. Stewart, an actual passenger on Titanic with business interests in the Ringling Brothers Circus. If he likes what he sees, he might get them into America via an exception to the Chinese Exclusion Act, which has kept all Chinese out of the country. Valora is spunky, in charge, hilarious, and endearing, and must learn to see life from her brother's perspective. He hated life as an acrobat and wants to be left alone to do his own thing -- be a sailor, and see the stars. The book is a page-turner, and I was always wanting to find out what happened next, as Valora met with obstacle after obstacle. I knew I would love these characters –Stacey Lee always gives you characters you can't help falling in love with–and I knew I would not want anything bad happening to them. Of course, we all know what happens at the end of Titanic. And even as i prepared myself, I still wasn't ready. I loved this book, all the fun banter between characters, the class issues, the race issues, the fancy fashion, all of it. The narrator did a fantastic job of doing all the different accents (and there are a lot, given this is the Titanic). Well worth the listen!

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Easily the best book I’ve read so far this year

Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. This book took me by complete surprise as a tsunami. I had enjoyed The Downstairs Girl but Stacey Lee has outdone herself. Rebecca Yeo is a star. The brightest star. This story is so dramatic, romantic and beautiful, I feel like it is impossible not to fall in love with this twins story and Valora’s journey as she tries to save her brother amidst the world’s epitome of hell. I truly cried with this one and I will dream with Valora and Jamie for years to come.

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Just OK

The female character is unlikable, and the sinking of the Titanic happened some pages before the ending. Maybe it's my fault for expecting too much.

Is it weird to say that Valora, the main character of the book, is its biggest weakness? Yes, that's right.

However, what I did like about this book was me being educated about six Chinese survivors in the Titanic sinking. It was an eye opener, and it made me read about them more.


I love the narrator's voice because it was soothing and clear.

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Another hit from Stacey Lee

I have read every single one of Stacey Lee's books. I was a little apprehensive about this one going in because I'd been waiting for someone to write a good story starring the Titanic with a young female lead but had yet to find one and had really high hopes and was so overjoyed when I stumbled on this. My hopes were not dashed. She did an amazing storytelling of the struggles and diversity into the passengers aboard and the main characters will stick with you even after the story ends..So go read it, You Codfish!!

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Historical non fiction that is a must read!

On the edge of my seat the entire time!
Several stories interwoven throughout.
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Truly a must for all to enjoy and digest while making important historical connections.