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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 ...

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466834637
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 4,310
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Delinsky

BARBARA DELINSKY is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. Delinsky enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

Biography

Born Ruth Greenberg, and raised in suburban Boston, Barbara Delinsky worked as a sociology researcher in children's services and was a newspaper photographer and reporter before turning to fiction writing full-time. In point of fact, she never intended to pursue a literary career. But, in the early 1980s, a newspaper article profiling three women who successfully balanced home, family, and romance writing caught her attention. Intrigued, she spent months researching and writing her first novel. It sold -- and Delinsky was off and running.

Praised by critics and fans alike for her character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship, Delinsky is one of a small cadre of successful women writers (including Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown) who started out writing pseudonymous paperbacks for the category romance genre and muscled their way onto the bestseller lists with hardcover escapist fiction. Yet she is candid about the hard work involved and insists there's no tried-and-true formula that converts automatically to easy money. As if to prove her own point, Delinsky works from eight in the morning to about seven at night, writing in the office above the garage in her Newton, Massachusetts home; doing research; handling interviews; or -- her least favorite part of the job -- touring the country making author appearances.

Over the decades Delinsky has written dozens of novels that have landed on The New York Times bestseller list, including Twilight Whispers (1988), For My Daughters (1994), Three Wishes (1997), Flirting with Pete (2003), and Family Tree (2007). In 2001, she published her first nonfiction title, Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. A cancer survivor herself, she has earmarked all the profits from the sale of this book to benefit breast cancer research.

Good To Know

When she isn't writing, one of Delinsky's favorite pastimes is kayaking.

She gets some of her best ideas in the shower. "It's a little harder to write ideas down there," she wrote to fans on her web site, "but I've been known to yell something out to my husband, who does it for me!"

The family cat, Chelsea, is named after her 1992 novel The Passions of Chelsea Kane.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Billie Douglass, Bonnie Drake; born Ruth Greenberg
    2. Hometown:
      Newton, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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The Right Wrong Number: A SHORT STORY

Excerpt:

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Fun read.  Good story.  Now, I am ready for the next part of the

    Fun read.  Good story.  Now, I am ready for the next part of the story.  Thank you for the free Nookbook!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    This short story is a great fast read that any reader could enjo

    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! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Mamasaint60

    This was a great story, fat too short. I want to know what happened. 22 pages? Come on Barbara, not like you. JS

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Ok

    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... :-@

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Great Book

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was an easy read and I loved the way the story played out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Abi

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Do check this one out!

    Very short but touching. My first Barbara Delinsky book but I'll watch for others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    The Right Wrong Number

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Excellent short story

    I do wish it were longer but it was an excellent storyline!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Loved it but...

    ..... after every that happened in the book i would have liked it if it continued until at least after they had dinner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Great story but...

    ...it 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Nice

    I do wish it was a bit longer. Wanting to know what happens after they meet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Short read

    Cute read. Very short but its cute how they both try finding each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    ok

    It's cute meet short story, not a bad thing when youe between books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Wow

    Loved it! Fast paced...only wish it would have been more. I would have liked to find out how everything worked out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Sweet

    It was so short and sweet, like 20 something pages.

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    Delinsky, Barbara. The Right Wrong Number. St. Martin¿s Press. 2

    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?”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    ok

    Not what I expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Light reading

    Very easy ready - will make you smile for days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Loved

    Honestly I was sad when it ended. Adorable short read

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