Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. 2006.
Keturah followed a hart from her small town into the forest. When exhaustion overwhelmed Keturah, Lord Death came to take her away. But Keturah was not ready to die. She told a story about how she yearned for true love. Bargaining with Lord Death, she asked for one more day to live. At the end of the day, she'd tell the end to her story. Lord Death gave her one day. If, in that day, she found her true love, she would not have to return to the forest and Death.
Thus begins Keturah's search for love. Will it be the gardener? Royalty? Choirmaster? Or Death Personified?
Keturah and Lord Death was a joy to read. It sounds like a dark premise, but the story is actually fun and rather light-hearted. It is truly clever, unique, and compelling. Highly recommended for lovers of YA fantasy romances...like me. This book is totally and completely clean (YAY!) and was a National Book Award Finalist.
Review by me, Emily
PS. If you're interested, I posted notes from Martine Leavitt's workshop entitled How Not to Write a Boring Story at Whimsy Books today.