Fans of romance novels enjoy Julia Garwood's work enough that she has published 26 New York Times bestsellers and her books have earned an average rating of 4.10 on Goodreads. She has also received 16 A or A- reviews from the site, All About Romance.
Readers who are unfamiliar with Garwood's work may want to start with "The Bride." Reviewer Lori-Anne Cohen of All About Romance gave the 1989 novel an A rating, praising the chemistry and dialogue between the couple in the novel. Ranker lists "The Bride," a medieval romance, as Garwood's best book, with "Honor's Splendour" ranking second.
At the other end of the spectrum, "Shadow Dance" received an F from All About Romance reviewer Ellen Micheletti and ranks among the bottom half of Garwood's ratings on Ranker and Goodreads.