While the ostensible topics are houses and people, it is Nichols' love of gardening, and the villagers who either encourage him or thwart him in its pursuit, that remains the lively theme through all the books. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20050916 At first glance, the book might appear sweet and a little cute, but don't be fooled. Nichols knows how to throw out a few zingers and reveal his true feelings with a good dose of sarcasm. Nichols is as observant as Jane Austen, as witty as Oscar Wilde, and as sentimental as James Herriott. He also happens to be as funny, timely, and un-P.C. as Jon Stewart. Home and Garden 20060101
The third book in the Allways trilogy, A Village in a Valley is a delightful exploration of the village of Glatton---for which Allways is a pseudonym---and the people who lived and gardened there. Set in the English countryside, this hilarious memoir is as much about the author's love for plants, as it is about the village in which he lived.