Three young and very dumb Army recruits have the good fortune to share a tent-shack on a godforsaken Texas base with Addison, a ten-year man. Blond, brave, country-wise, and fatherly, Addison is a whole education. He's so crazy-in-love with his wife Sarah that the others fall in love with her too, writing her shy little notes and being thrilled when she mentions them in her letters back. Addison's sense of honor and fairness gets him into a fair number of brawls--and one, in a bar--finally presages tragedy. But until this happens, Addison's sweet, horny, rhapsodic view of life holds sway. Hale (Bonney's Place) stacks the deck shamelessly: Addison is so wonderful, a nature's nobleman, that you know something bad's going to happen from page two. But the telling is creamy and propelled, and if you like your sentiment with a little tangy edge to it, here's your book.