Christina Meldrum's Amaryllis in Blueberry
It's the 70s, and Dick and Seena Slepy have four daughters, all of whom have Mary as part of their names. But the youngest, Amaryllis, doesn't look like the others, and can feel emotions (this is not explained or explored to my satisfaction at all--does synesthesia really work that way? And why is this at least the third book I've read involving synesthesia?). Anyway, family drama leads their father to drag them all to Africa so he can be a missionary, but things go haywire once they're there butting up against the local culture. I liked the first half of this much more, but maybe that's b/c I was so tired when I read the second half? The end was pretty good though. A-/B+.