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Macie's War

By: , Pippa Greathouse
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2017 by Blushing Books® and Pippa Greathouse
Twenty-two chapters / 60,000 Words
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When Macie Welles follows her aunt’s wishes in intercepting a letter to General Howe, in January of 1778, she barely makes it back alive. And she has no idea she will be captured by one of General Washington’s most fierce and trusted men, Captain and soon-to-be Major Jake Wilde. When she is caught a few days later, rummaging through the captain’s saddlebags, she has no idea her whole life is about to change.

Captain Wilde, forced to take her into his tent to strip her and search her, has no idea that, as he looks down into the pleading face of this dark-eyed, golden-haired, beautiful girl, she is about to steal his heart. Is she truly a spy? Could he possibly save her from the fate that awaits her now? Or is it too late?

Publisher's Note: A sweet love story, with elements of stern, colonial discipline. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

Chapter One 

January 9, 1778

Several miles west of Northampton, PA 

"Macie? Come with me, child." Wilhelmina Welles frowned down at her niece, who sat at the piano, playing.

Macie halted abruptly at the urgency in her aunt's voice. "Coming, Aunt Mina."

She rose from the instrument and followed. At school, they had called her by her true given name, 'Micah.' Now, she was back to being herself again.

She had only been here a week, this time. Aunt Wilhelmina was her favorite relative in the world, and the old farmhouse several miles west of Northampton, complete with all its underground tunnels, was her favorite place to be.

She followed quietly behind her aunt as she was led into the kitchen.  Lottie, one of the servants, handed her a shawl and a lantern. Macie's heart quickened. This meant they were going toward the tunnels. She had often thought it was fun to explore them during the daytime but, at night, they seemed frightening. Her aunt nodded toward Lottie, who slid the hidden door in the pantry open and then closed behind them. They took the already lit lanterns from the kitchen and started down the old, curved, stone staircase.

"I had forgotten," Macie said, her dark brown eyes widening. "How dark and cold it gets down here at night."

"Yes." It was her aunt's only answer.

A wine cellar, filled with casks in three long rows, met them as they descended the last step. They had always struck Macie as creepy, when she was smaller. They looked neat and orderly, but still, after all these years, she wondered if someone could be hiding behind them, ready to jump out. 

They turned a corner toward the right at the base of the steps, where Wilhelmina turned a button just beneath the sconce on the wall. A pocket door slid neatly into the wall. It was so perfectly built in; it was difficult to know it was even there unless it was open. She led Macie into a small room. The door slid from its recess behind them, back into place.

The tiny room contained only a small table and two chairs. Macie did not speak again until her aunt sat down in one of the chairs and set the lantern down.

"What is it, Aunt Mina?"

Wilhelmina's face was grim. She stared down at her niece before speaking, deep in thought. Macie sat quietly. Finally, the older woman spoke.

"You know, of course, that the Redcoats have captured Philadelphia. And that General Washington has taken the troops to Valley Forge," she said at last.

Macie nodded. "Yes, Papa said that conditions for the men are horrible there."

"Yes." It was followed by silence.

Macie was folding the pleats in her long skirt nervously, now. Her voice, when she spoke, trembled, "When Papa joined the militia, Aunt Mina, Mother was determined to go with him. I hope I am not intruding on you. They did not seem to know what else to do with me. They thought perhaps I might be safe here with you."

But her aunt was frowning. "Frederick would not have let you come, if he had known what I am about to ask you to do."

Macie's fingers stilled, staring at her aunt.

"The Liberty Bell has been taken from Philadelphia, to keep the Redcoats from melting it down for ammunition. It is stored in Northampton. But that is not why I wanted you here." Another long pause. Finally, she took a deep breath.

Macie waited, patiently, her dark brown eyes wide with trepidation.

Finally, Wilhelmina spoke, "Macie, do you know who I am?"

Macie was unsure how to answer. She frowned, troubling her lower full lip with her teeth. Should she tell Aunt Mina what she had overheard just a week previously? But it took only a moment, before she decided to be candid.

She licked her lips nervously. "Papa fears you are a spy, Aunt Mina, for the Redcoats. He did not tell me that. I overheard a conversation between him and Mother. They did not know I heard."

A small smile crept across her aunt's face. "No, Macie, not for the Redcoats. Never for the Redcoats. But I am, for our Continentals."

Excitement made its way into Macie's brown eyes. "Truly? A woman spy?"

"Yes. Macie, take the excitement from your eyes, child. It is dangerous. Every morning, when I awaken, safe in my bed, I thank God I am not swinging at the end of a rope. My last mission was so dangerous, I expect someone to come for me any day. I am staying very quiet right now. Just you being here makes me concerned for your safety. But—" She stared down at her niece. "I do need you here."

Macie's eyes widened, and her aunt nodded.

"It is truly dangerous work. But, Macie, it is necessary. It began quite by accident. I was at the inn, in Concord, with a man—no, I shall not tell you his name—and the British soldiers were in the booth behind me. I was alone, for the moment, and I heard them talking, planning." She leaned back in her chair. "Redcoats—and sometimes Continentals—do not consider that we females have brains in our heads. It is amazing what they will say when we are present."

She had Macie's full attention now. "How long have you been doing this, Aunt Mina?"

"Since April of '75. I happened to be visiting your uncle in Concord and had been hearing of 'taxation without representation' by the British. The tea party was what brought it to my attention. But, Macie, I must now discuss with you what must be done tonight. I have met General Howe, in the past—he would know me, if I were to see him again—and several of his men know me, too. I have been keeping low, here in the house. They have only seen me with a disguise of a darker wig and a beauty mark—they should not know me. But I cannot take the chance." She rose, pacing, in the small space. "Do you remember the layout of the tunnels?"

Macie pushed her long thick golden hair back over her shoulder. "No, ma'am, but I think I might remember if I went down them again."

"Then, let us go."

Macie rose, following. But her aunt turned to her, stopping in front of her.

"Before we go." She turned and faced her niece. "If you are captured or introduce yourself to anyone, you must use your second name, Elizabeth."

Captured? Macie swallowed, hard. "Yes, ma'am."

Wilhelmina nodded and turned.

Macie watched her, as a moment later, the turning of a sconce caused another pocket door to open and they moved from the small room into another, larger space beyond.

Aunt Mina nodded, whispering, "This way." 

Three hours later…

The tunnel was pitch black now. The light from the lantern Macie carried in front of her seemed to be swallowed up in it.

She now wore the outfit Aunt Mina had shoved into her hands, a boy's outfit. Loose breeches covered the delicate curves of her hips and boots came halfway up her calves, with woolen socks and a woolen shirt with suspenders. A binder had been wrapped around her chest to decrease the size of her breasts, an attempt to hide her girlish curves. Aunt Mina had given her a hat that would come down low, over her eyes, and her long thick blonde hair was braided and pinned around her head to keep it hidden. The wool jacket, she pulled tighter and drew the collar up over her neck.

"Make certain the hat stays low. Your dark eyes are striking. If anyone catches sight of them, they would remember you. Remember the old oak across from the inn just outside town, the one that looks like an umbrella. Keep a vigilant eye. You cannot afford to let anyone see you—or follow you back here."

Macie nodded, not trusting her voice to speak. Her heart was pounding now. She stood there as Aunt Mina placed strong hands on her shoulders and leaned down to kiss her forehead.

"Go, child. I will follow you halfway. And I shall wait here, until you return, Macie. We have no time now to waste."

* * *

Macie slowly advanced. Trying to convince her feet to go faster made no difference; they would not listen to her silent commands. Finally, she came upon the ladder that would ascend to the outside and set the lantern down inside the cubby hole dug deep into the side so no one outside would be able to see its light. Taking a deep breath, she climbed the rungs six feet upward and pushed back the small wooden door that led outside into the snow. A layer of leaves and fresh snow covered the outside. Silently, she prayed that she would be able to find the right tree when she came back. Mike, one of the trusted staff, was to have a horse waiting for her by the edge of the woods.

Shivering with cold, even through the heavy woolen jacket, she lowered the small door and studied the landscape around her. She had been here many times as a child, but the tree had grown much higher since then; the ground now was bleak and everything was white. The tree, however, had been named the praying tree because two of the branches looked like arms raised in prayer. It should be easy to spot, coming back.

Macie took a deep breath. It looked as if it would begin snowing again at any moment. She hoped it would not white things out before she returned.

If she returned.

And if she did, would she be able to find the entrance to the tunnel and her way back inside?


Libby Campbell on 04/24/2017 11:12am
The year is 1778. Macie%u2019s aunt leads her through a shadowy labyrinth underneath her house before disguising Macie as a boy. Macie then follows one of the tunnels to a secret door that takes her to a far reach of the property where the praying tree grows. Once she finds the tree, she retrieves a hidden missive but is confronted by a Redcoat. She runs. The Redcoat pursues her but he falls to a bullet from the gun of watchful Captain Jack Wilde, a Patriot soldier. When Jack turns to help the boy, the lad has disappeared.
All that in just the opening chapter of Macie%u2019s War and already I was in love with the dashing Captain Wilde and the brave Macie Wells.
The excitement builds from there as Macie, wounded and developing a fever, must extend her dangerous assignment by delivering the letter to General Washington at Valley Forge. En route, Macie%u2019s carriage is waylaid by the same Captain Wilde and his troops. That%u2019s when things get really complicated. You%u2019ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
Macie Welles is a winsome protagonist: she%u2019s smart, courageous, and often defiant. Jack Wilde is strict, caring, and unmoveable in his determination to do what is best for his little lady. Their love builds convincingly through the story. This is a fast-paced, sweet romance with a light peppering of domestic discipline.

charlotte Huelsemann on 04/23/2017 12:54pm
Macies war by pippa greathouse
Macie is the niece of Wilhelmina wells. She gets involved in spying for the continentals. Wilhelmina is a famous spy for Washinton but Macie is young. She gets caught putting a measage in Jackson Wildes saddlebags. I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy and fell in love with the refreshing story line. It is full of adventure , intrique, mystery and love. It is a refreshing change. This book will keep you reading to the very end. I really enjoyed it.
Jaycee on 04/22/2017 08:01am
Very engaging, action packed adventure that kept my interest throughout the story. Although the Revolutionary War is not a time period that I usually read, I found myself immersed in Macie's story. There was plenty of intrigue, drama, mystery and enough romance to keep my interest. I loved how caring and protective Jake was, but found myself wishing he'd treat her more as an adult than a child. As with previous stories by this author, the male lead tends to carry the woman around way more than necessary!! Macie's aunt was quite interesting and the author keeps you guessing up until the end about what side she's working for! If you liked Pippa's previous stories, you will enjoy this one! I voluntarily read an ARC of this book.
DONNA L on 04/21/2017 03:14am
I very much enjoyed this book set in 1778
between the Continentals and British armies.
A book filled with grit,rawness,intrigue,danger
and deception.This book deals with the realities of war,
good and bad.How far would you go to fight for your
beliefs and values.At the core of it this is a well written
love story between Macie Welles and Captain Jake Wilde.
Macie is shot and injured trying to deliver a letter for
her aunt who is a double spy.She is saved by Jake and they eventually marry.
This story is a beautiful love story with well developed characters.There
is no sex scenes but a few spankings.Read and enjoy.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Tiffany on 04/21/2017 01:33am
Overall it was a okay read; however, I rather felt like the story could have ended at several point before it actually did. Without giving away spoilers, I would say that it felt like there were about 3 separate plot lines, the main one being the romance of course, and for the first half all three felt fairly well integrated. But about halfway through it begin to feel like Ms. Greathouse was focusing on finishing one plot line before then shifting her focus to another plot line, etc. Unfortunately, the two non-romance plot lines weren't developed enough to be engaging on their own and I found myself skimming those chapters. But having said that the romance portions were quite sweet and worth reading.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Redrabbitt on 04/20/2017 12:13pm
The plot is full of mystery and suspense, life and death moments, hidden passages, secret meetings, messages, and plenty of risks. When Macie is sent on to Valley Forge to pass a letter on to General Washington, her very life is in jeopardy, between just suffering a gunshot, running a fever, she is accused of being a spy. Captain Jake Wilde must consider her combative until he learns the truth after arriving in Valley Forge and meeting with General Washington.

The story depicts some of the harsh reality of the men and women living at Valley Forge during that bitterly cold winter. Limited supplies, food, soap, and protective clothing, are just part of what they endured. It is also a love story between the now Major Wilde and Macie Welles. As they return to the Welles land, the will have the protection of the Oneida Indians and the Army with the transporting of supplies to the troops. Jake will have his hands full with the impetuous Macie who has a hard time following directions. The story has many life and death intense moments as the British are determined to eliminate Mina and Macie. There are several spanking scenes, and the sex scenes are not detailed, but more implied.

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