The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story

The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story

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by Barbara Delinsky

In this 30-page short story by bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, Carly Kelly has just been presented with a life-changing business opportunity for tiny nursery and flower store, Plant People. But she only has four days to decide, which means she will most likely have to cancel her weekend trip away. She dials her friends to let them know, and excitedly launches

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In this 30-page short story by bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, Carly Kelly has just been presented with a life-changing business opportunity for tiny nursery and flower store, Plant People. But she only has four days to decide, which means she will most likely have to cancel her weekend trip away. She dials her friends to let them know, and excitedly launches into a speech about the opportunity. But when she pauses, a sexy, inquisitive stranger is on the other end, and he's eager to hear about her store, her passions and her life. She's dialed the wrong number--- and the man on the other end, with his deep voice, his charming jokes and his excellent advice, is a surprise she never expected…

Will this wrong number turn out to be right man for Carly? Don't miss this 30-page short story from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky.

Featuring an excerpt from Barbara Delinsky's upcoming novel, Sweet Salt Air, available June 2013.

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The Right Wrong Number: A SHORT STORY


Clearly, she couldn't go to the Kleins' country place as she'd planned. The four-hour drive might have offered good thinking time, and Bibi and Hank were very dear friends. But she couldn't deal with four kids, five dogs, and a parrot. There would be zero thinking time in that. And she had no desire, whatsoever, to meet the farmer whom Bibi and Hank swore she would adore. A lawyer gone to seed, they kidded her in the most positive way. A city boy rediscovering his roots. A gentle giant.

Carly was five-three and slim, she had seeds aplenty here in her own apartment, and the few run-ins she'd had with lawyers had been of the get-me-out-of-here variety.

Bibi and Hank wouldn't be happy with her. The sooner she got it done, the better.

Fishing into the pocket of her jacket, she pulled out her cell and punched in their number, one of the few she knew by heart and the absolute easiest to dial. When Hank answered, she launched right in.

"He-ey, it's me. You are totally going to kill me, but I can't come this weekend. I know we were doing the late-movie thing tonight, and a hike in the morning and dinner by the fire tomorrow night once the kids are in bed, but something's come up, and I just can't do Stowe. I mean, this is life changing. The biggest store here wants to buy me out." Even verbalizing it made her nervous; she jumped up from the bench and made for the kitchen. "Can you believe it? Me. With my teeny-weeny store. I mean, I'm a sole proprietor. I can't compare with them." Grasping the handle of a bucket that contained the brew of worm castings and molasses she had mixed with water the night before, she returned to the bench. "Only I can. See, that's the secret. I offer the kind of personal service that they don't, and it isn't just waiting on clients when they come in. It's picking up plants and containers that I know will work in their rooms. Mayer's?" Snorting, she tucked the phone between shoulder and ear; holding the bucket with both hands, she tipped it toward the Ficus benjamina. "Mayer's doesn't do that, but they want to, because their business is static right now. They want me to move right in there and be the centerpiece of their store, and, you know, it might work. I could bring people in, only they won't go any farther than my plants unless the rest of the place is exciting, which right now it is not." When the phone started to slip, she pushed it back up and began on the Ficus lyrata. "They're planning to renovate and remerchandise, and all of that's actually starting in two weeks, but then they had this, quote unquote, brilliant idea that I should be there, and I have four days to decide." Frantic, she set the bucket on the bench. "Four days. That is not fair, but sometimes good things happen that way. So is this thing good or bad? I don't know, but I have to decide this weekend. I have a satchel filled with their reports and plans and papers, and now I have to try to make sense of it all." She grew apologetic. "So I can't come." She grew pleading, "Can we make it another time?"

The voice on the other end held an audible smile. "I think I would love that. Who is this?"

That quickly, Carly went from relief that she'd said it all to mortification--because now that he'd spoken more than just a hello, she could hear that the man on the other end wasn't Hank. This man's voice was deeper. It was slower and more relaxed. Definitely more sexy.

"Oh dear," she said, totally mortified. "And my speech was so good."

THE RIGHT WRONG NUMBER. copyright 2013 by Barbara Delinsky

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The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read.  Good story.  Now, I am ready for the next part of the story.  Thank you for the free Nookbook!
thislittlebookworm More than 1 year ago
This short story is a great fast read that any reader could enjoy while waiting for a simple doctor’s appointment. In a quick moment, Carly made a call that might change her life, I mean what women wouldn’t love the sound of a deep sexy voice belonging to a man. I know that I wouldn’t complain.  The Right Wrong Number describes the struggles that Carly must face in order to hear from this mystery sexy man once again. This short story was an easy read and could be finished in one setting. From the work introduced in this short story I would read more work created by Barbara Delinsky any day.  The Kindle version of this story also includes a preview to Sweet Salt Air. The only thing negative about this story is the length; I feel that this would have been an incredible romance novel if only Barbara decided to go on with their relationship. My rating 3 ½ stars! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story, fat too short. I want to know what happened. 22 pages? Come on Barbara, not like you. JS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a cute book. It is only 22pages long and the ending does leave you wondering what happened? Thanks for the fast read. J... :-@
Booker61 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was an easy read and I loved the way the story played out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story. Although the ending creeped me out a little :) Cause i sort of had it happen to me one time lol. In any case, i will never again go meet with someone i've never met before, and by met, i meant seen. The surprise would be just too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very short but touching. My first Barbara Delinsky book but I'll watch for others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable short story. The main character had help from a friend. She knew who her friends were. Great author. Its been a while since I've read one of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do wish it were longer but it was an excellent storyline!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
..... after every that happened in the book i would have liked it if it continued until at least after they had dinner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago just ends there??? Not enough closure. The story was so well thought out and lovely and so romantic, I couldn't help but want a bigger ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do wish it was a bit longer. Wanting to know what happens after they meet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute read. Very short but its cute how they both try finding each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's cute meet short story, not a bad thing when youe between books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Fast paced...only wish it would have been more. I would have liked to find out how everything worked out.
WhiteDove75 5 months ago
Really enjoyed reading this short story, but it ended too soon. Was hoping the relationship would progress and know how the merger went. Was Ms Delinsky planning to continue Carly's story with a full-sized book?
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Anonymous 7 months ago
He could be manic depressive was such a huge turn
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very short & fast read, but just the right length for the plot. Loved this short story. It’s a must read whether or not you’re a Barbara Delinsky fan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read better by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like to read romances, The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky is an enjoyable book to read. I've been reading books by Barbara Delinsky for years, therefore I plan to continue reading other books by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very short and free. This story read like it was written by a high school girl.
JoAnWMartin More than 1 year ago
Delinsky, Barbara. The Right Wrong Number. St. Martin’s Press. 2013. eISBN:9781466834637 Carly runs a small nursery and flower shop, aptly named Plant People. She has been offered an opportunity to relocate her business into Meyers Department Store. They insist on an answer in four days so she calls friends to help her make such a life changing decision. Will a department store offer the kind of assistance Plant People does? Carly spends Sundays searching out of town for unusual containers. Her creativity includes the exact spot for specific plants. She knows her clients by name, offers personal service and fits unique plants for the rooms in her clients’ homes. As soon as Hank (she assumes) answers Carly launches into an excited, enthusiastic, non-stoppable discourse. When she finally takes a breath, a stranger reveals that she has called a wrong number. After laying out her quandary Carly is mortified when a voice with a smile, slower and more relaxed responded with, “Who is this?” But in a sexy baritone, he asks about her store and listens as if he is interested. Such a surprise when his voice, his humor and his advice intrigue Carly. She apologizes but is encouraged by his interest. He was that lovely thing in a man, a listener! While she chatted with him on her cell, she continued watering her plants. Horror of horrors! Her phone falls into the watering can. All Carly knows about her wrong number is his name, Charlie, he is 32 to her 30, and he is an editor. Could a person fall in love with a voice? Every number she tried was a dead end. Is there any way to reconnect with Charlie? Was it possible that the wrong number could turn out to be the right number? I wished this short story could be the first chapter in a longer novel so we could find out “What happens next?”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected.