[The Country of the Heart is an] extended cliché about an 18-year-old would-be poet who falls in love with a middle-aged successful woman poet…. The novel, which takes the form of a statement by the aspiring poet addressed to his now dead love, is written in the pretentious and overblown style common to daytime soaps.
Karen Harris, in a review of "The Country of the Heart," in School Library Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, September, 1975, p. 128.