Three Loves and Other Stories

Fiction - Anthology
266 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2022
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Three Loves and Other Stories is a collection of eight short stories by Lata Gullapalli. The book opens with the story "Three Loves," where a young woman goes through great turmoil of heartbreak and despair, losing much on the way to find her greatest love. "Magic" follows a highly successful corporate executive as she finds herself revisiting the memories of her lover, only to be completely taken by surprise. A deceased spirit visits an old soulmate to carry out her earthly wishes in "Soul Energy." "Magic. Again?" continues the story of Shruti and Shekar as they navigate their long-distance relationship over the years. "Growing Up" follows a young woman who gains a new perspective after reading her mother's letter. A woman who used to travel the world has a nostalgic look back, leading her to get back to her "Roots."

A heart-touching collection of slice-of-life stories, Three Loves and Other Stories captivates you from start to finish. Author Lata Gullapalli tells some authentic tales about people from a wide array of fields discovering themselves while navigating the ups and downs of life. With relatable characters and grounded storylines, Gullapalli touches upon some relevant themes, such as parental negligence, self-discovery, love, loss, heartbreak, and much more. Each story brings something unique to the narrative, leaving you with much to ponder on. Although I enjoyed every single one of them, "Soul Energy" was my favorite of the bunch. Three Loves and Other Stories is a fascinating collection that I would recommend to readers who enjoy short stories.

Lata Gullapalli

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Pikasho Deka. It is very heartening to receive a very encouraging review. And am humbled to have so many reviews that see the book as I intended it to the reader.

Here are some of the other reviews I have received.

1) It was an apt, concise, and fascinating read.
Lata Gullapalli used a different approach to address matters arising in modern society. Her stories that
show the nature of humans and help control our emotions. Using humans as practical examples, the
author shows the picture of our lives through the fictional characters in the book.

2) Three loves and other stories is a collection of 8 beautiful stories that are a reminder of how life is
different for all of us. From the very first story I appreciated how Lata reminds women to take back
their power and move from toxic relationships.
I found the stories very relatable.

I would recommend the book to men who are trying to understand and love women better.

3) This book talks about self-discovery and self-love as a woman. The author emphasizes the importance of love, positive energy, good family life, and upbringing along with importance on being successful in life.
The book is quite realistic and enlightening.
I enjoyed reading the book and would like to read more books like this in the future from authors like Lata Gullapalli.
I recommend this book to people who love to read books on romance, equality, and justice.

4) The use of quotes at the beginning of each story is one of the book's strengths.
The book is also very diverse in that each story features a different character who is dealing with a different problem. . All of the stories flow well together, and the characterization is excellent.
The characters are strong, making the book an enjoyable read.

5) Lata Gullapalli tells the tales of situations in an interesting light. She paints a perspective of how love, tolerance and respect affect their social relationships which include relationships, marriage, and career paths in the lives of each character.
I particularly loved how her words made me feel the desires, frustrations, vulnerability, realizations, values and raw emotions felt by the fictional characters.
The stories were inspirational. This book kept me entertained and taught me a lot of lessons as well.
I genuinely enjoyed reading the book and I found it refreshing, educative, and insightful.
I recommend this book to readers who would like to learn how to react to different situations they find themselves in life, as well as those who want to learn how to manage their emotions.

6)It is must-read for individuals who want to learn how to manage their emotions and react to different life situations.
My favourite thing about the book is the opening of each story which shows the reader that there's an interesting tale ahead. I like the writer's sense of humour in each story as it made me feel the emotions in each story.
This book is filled with really important words of advice which every human being should know as they navigate through life.
I recommend this book to people that would love to read books that talk about life in its simplest form. This book sums up important lessons that would help at various points in life.

7) I have enjoyed how the book creates a sort of connection with you, that makes you go on this emotional rollercoaster within the span of a few pages. In addition to the thrill, these stories made me reflect on my own life and the choices I have made or would have made.
I recommend this book to anyone who has fallen victim to abuse, narcissistic parents, bullying, or is still suffering from those unfortunate situations. I believe this book can provide insight into how to deal with those kinds of situations.

8) Three Loves and other stories by Lata Gullapalli is a wonderful book with so many stories about love. It is so diverse that you just might find the one that is close to yours.
I really liked the book. It is very rare to find a book where you enjoy the writing style of an author as much as their stories, and this book was one of those. The writing style and essence of the book were almost poetic. The actual beauty of this book lies in the reality of its stories.
The exceptional factor of the book is that it connects the complication of love with existing complications of society. I appreciate the fact that the author completed every story with perfection.
It is very diverse, which makes it highly relatable to its audience. It is very intriguing to read.