The door to a new world opens when a city woman and her husband decide to build a house on an island reachable only by ferry boat in summer, ice highway in winter and sometimes not reachable at all. Construction of the couple's log house proceeds at a slow pace, giving them plenty of time to learn about the locals. They discover islanders strong sense of community and willingness to help strangers in time of need, as well as their penchant for heated debate about bike trails, noise ordinances, and how often to bathe. On Island Time is a wry and funny account of their apprenticeship in island living. They emerge from the experience with a new and deeper appreciation for the inhabitants both two and four-legged of Madeline Island. This book will delight all who dream of escaping to their own cabin up north.


About the author:

Patricia Spaulding divides her time between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Madeline Island, Wisconsin. However, she finds that there is usually too much city and never enough island in her life. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Minneapolis. Learn more about the author, this book (including the lost chapter), and Madeline Island at


Title: On Island Time      QUILL HOUSE

Subtitle: Wildlife, Windsleds, and a Wedding on Madeline Island

Author: Patricia Spaulding

ISBN: 978-193379444