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The Right Wrong Number

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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, inquisitiv ...more
ebook, 30 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Writer
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
WHAT A DELIGHTFUL STORY...and FREE! So what's the ruckus?, April 3, 2013
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This review is from: The Right Wrong Number: A Short Story (Kindle Edition)
I am really surprised, amazed even at the amount of negative and almost angry reviews this delightful short story garnered. Short as it may be, it elicited so many different emotions. Just by Carly Kelly's short walk from a large home store Mayer's, who's trying to buy her out, to her own little quaint plant shop called Plant P
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Kate McMurry
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
A failure as a marketing ploy, and a failure as a romance short story

Like many others, I frequently try out authors who offer "FREE!" Kindle books. Delinsky is a well-known romance author, but I had never read her work, and the offering of what I assumed would be a complete novel at no cost seemed to be a terrific opportunity to check her out. Unfortunately, The Right Wrong Number is not a novel. It is a short story, and it is not even a very good one, for several reasons:

The "cute meet" of the
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Morgan Wyatt
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I knew this was a short story. I am unsure why other readers were so shocked by the length. It was a fun read about a woman who had a hard decision to make and accidentally calls the wrong number. She is shocked to find herself talking to a smart, understanding man. Too bad she drops her phone in a bucket of water. The book also includes an excerpt of Barbara's yet to be release novel, which looks like a winner.

Don't be too hard on Barbara, readers. Publishers make the decision to release these
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Lyndi
Apr 01, 2013 added it
This is like... the prologue and first chapter of a full story. It stopped so abruptly I thought my Kindle was messed up. I don't know if this is a teaser for an actual book, but it's not much of a story. It's an extended scene of how Carly gets a dinner date.
Joe Prentis
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Right Wrong Number
Barbara Delinsky at her finest.

At some time or the other, all of us have been involved in a relationship that didn’t work out. You have been there, done that, and now you want something better. The person you were involved with might not have been a jerk or worse, but there are a million needs and desires, and there are a lot of partners that aren’t capable of making our wishes come true. Barbara Delinsky’s character, Carly Kelly, is vibrant and alive, and she wants someone
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Jen
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Cute, extremely short read, at first glance. Then it gets a little creepy with the stalker tendencies of both MCs, BUT since they were BOTH stalkers, I guess their relationship will work out. 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3, because the story was a cute one and didn't take up much time to read. It seems longer than it is because most of the percentage belongs to teasers of other works.
Elisabeth
Feb 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
The only redeeming quality I found in this story was that it was free. I found it believable to mis-dial a phone number. I found it believable to launch into a monologue once you realize the phone was answered. I found it hard to believe that after realizing she had dialed the wrong number, she would not have immediately apologized and hung up. Yet, that is what this author wants you to believe.

Not only does the lead character not hang up but she proceeds to tell this random stranger so many oth
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Jennifer
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a delightful little read! I am enamored by it. It's so refreshing - the idea of "dialing" a wrong number. Little incidents like that is what we're missing with our new technology. ;-) I wanted more of this story, I wanted to know what happened next. It is extremely short - like 30 pages - something I wasn't aware of when I downloaded it. I really ought to pay more attention to things like that. All I know is that I was on such a high, and then the book ended, and I couldn't believe it! It w ...more
Sara
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-on-my-kindle
What a cute cute cute short story.
It's about a plant shop owner who accidentally dials Charlie instead of her friends and when he answers she just dumps on him about how this huge store wants to incorporate her small plant business and what should she do. He laughs and she realizes that she dialed the wrong number. They start chatting about it and then he phone falls into water and it's dead forever. Without her phone to see what number she accidentally dialed and no phone records for 23 days,
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Freda Mans-Labianca
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
How sweet!
Not only does Carly know how to grow a garden but she also knows how to let love grow. A lesson that is really hard to master when you meet the person of your dreams. Most people have a tendency to go too fast, but she knew to pump the brakes a little.
What a great intro into the series too. It was short, sweet and drew me right in! I hope Sweet Salt Air has the same characters, Carly and Charlie. I need to know where it went from where it was. Like, really NEED to know. They got marrie
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Lorrie
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This just appeared on my kindle free of charge so I read it. Short little story but kind of cute. I enjoyed it. I remember reading the idea of this somewhere. It might have been on the GR site as an ad, I'm not sure. The main character is making a phone call but misdials and ends up speaking to the man on the other end of the line that's a wrong number. Instead of hanging up, they continue to talk and really enjoy themselves. Several typos in this story.
Lindsey
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I pre-ordered this ebook a while ago and it just downloaded this morning, I was excited and started reading it immediately, I was finished with it in less than 10 minutes! I do not enjoy short stories and would not have wanted this had I known ahead of time that it was a short story, it had a cute premise but literally nothing happened, it was like reading a long synopsis of a book, maybe if this comes out as a full length story I'll give it a shot but oh well
Demi (Breaking Bookshelves)
Read the synopsis.
Read it?
Good.
Surprise! You've pretty much read the entire story.

Honestly, the writing is easy enough to get through, and the premise is cute, if not a little creepy and far-fetched considering the specifics of the situation. However, this is shorter than I thought it would be. It feels incomplete and unfinished. It reads like the prologue of a much larger story, and I'm rather disappointed that it is not.
Elena Aitken
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Cute story. But half of it was a preview for another book.
I don't mind buying a short story, but I do mind when I'm reading and get to 50% (or so) and find that the rest of the book is not the book at all.
Terrible advertising strategy to annoy the reader. Just sayin'.
Kathryn
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The perfect light and fun story to read before dinner. I loved it!
Nitzan Schwarz
Read on August 14, 2017 (Doesn't count toward yearly goal)

I mean, I knew this was a short story coming in, but I found myself thinking that's it? when the last page came at 40% of the kindle edition and the next was an excerpt from another book by the author. That was slightly vexing.

Anyways, it's a sweet short story without a lot of substance. If you're looking for a short, fast read like that, pick it up. If you're looking for more, maybe pick up something else.
Charlotte
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: barbara-delinsky
This woman was wondering whether or not to sell her flower shop to a bigger store, so, in distress, she phoned a friend. Only it was the wrong number-but it was the right number of her Prince Charming. After a nice chat, she accidentaly dropped her phonein water and spent the next few days trying to re-dial the right wrong number.
Wrily funny, dont miss this short story by Barbara Delinsky!
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Katherine
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, 2017
Pro: The book was free.
Con: Too short and unrealistic.
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Ailla Magcamit
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
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Read full review HERE! :)

The story was actually a fun, decent read. However, the problem I got with it is that this "conflict" that the lead character is facing doesn't really contribute much to the plot. I just wish that it either (1) did not take up so much pages if it isn't going to have a large impact in the conclusion or (2) interlinked with the romance department (which I think is the primary focus of the story)

Speaking of the romance aspect, I could say that the idea was actually cut
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A Reader's Heaven
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 num ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook, 2014
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 num ...more
Vicki
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best short story I’ve ever read! From the first letter to the last I was glued to the words and was so wrapped up in the story that nothing broke my concentration. Even though Carly and Charlie didn’t know each other, their conversation flowed smoothly and it sounded like they were perfect for each other. I loved the story line and even though the ending left me wanting more, I was more than glad I read it.

I checked the reviews, and can’t understand why there are so many peo
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Ursula Wilson
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a cute, short read. I am pleased that I was able to download it for free though due to its dismally short length.

My I problem with this story is that it is just too short. Where it was ended was not a good place to end at all. What happens with these two? Does it truly work out? The crux of the book seems to be about managing to track the other person down in order to explore a possible romantic interest.

In some respects, I wonder if this is a story that got started, and then the motiva
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Ellen (more books, please)
Gosh, this puts the "short" in "short story."

Cute story (did I mention it is short) with an engaging heroine.
There is a verbal "meet cute" and a happy for now.

That about sums it up. Oh, did I mention it is short?

I picked this up because it was free, it is by an author I have heard of but never read and, hey, it was free. I am not sure why there is such vitriol because I don't think anyone had to pay for it because, you know, it was free, even if it is, you know, short.

While I was looking to get
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Paper Crushes
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Heather Austin
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok. A lot of people seem to hate this book because it's a short story, and it doesn't feel complete. Maybe I just haven't found a "good" short story, but I don't think they ever feel complete. People keep calling it a marketing ploy and unrealistic. I thought it was really cute. Yeah, it's short and just ends, but I went into it knowing it was a short story. PLUS. It was FREE. As in, all the people acting like they were ripped off didn't pay anything and probable spent around fifteen minutes of ...more
Jo-Anne
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific short story about Carly who dials a wrong number and tells the person all about the company who wants to buy her business without realizing that she isn't talking to the friend she thought she called. She has a great chat with Charlie of the wrong number, then drops her phone in a bucket of water, loosing the call and his number.

Even though it is a fast read, I wouldn't recommend reading it while waiting for an appointment because you will hate to stop reading when it's your a
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Liz Pollinger
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read short stories, but since this was a free ebook, and my first ebook, I thought I would give it a try, especially since I am a fan of Barbara Delinsky. I was not not disappointed, it is a cute story about a shop owner that has an opportunity to merge her business with a bigger department store.. When she makes a call to friends to cancel her weekend plans she misdials and reaches the person who turns out to be her special someone. However, she drops the phone in a bucket of wa ...more
Eden
3 stars

Carly Kelly, the owner of the small but chic flower shop Plant People, is offered a life-changing business opportunity and a very short time to decide, which means she will have to cancel the weekend plans with her friends. Calling to let them know, she makes a mistake dialling their number and, before she realises, she is telling all about her dilemma to a complete stranger...

The Right Wrong Number is a sweet and romantic (if somewhat unbelievable) short-story with a happy ending. The ma
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Laura
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-kindle
I've read a couple of Barbara Delinsky books and they are what I would call familiar and pleasant. I like reading them. So when this story popped up on Amazon for free I thought, sure why not? I knew it was a short story (which apparently escaped some people--ahem). I enjoy short stories as a rule, but this one was just kind of lacking somehow.
Lots of people have commented that they wanted to know more. Here's what I know....in a life like mine, a wrong number with a sexy voice would somehow ha
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“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” 1 likes
“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” 1 likes
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