•They write letters back and forth from the day they both leave the hospital, and soon in the Turner flat there is a drawer filled with what become known as The Gloria Letters.
•Whenever something funny/exciting happens at the Maternity Clinic Shelagh has been known to get out a notebook and write down the details “because it will make Gloria laugh”.
•Everyone at Nonnatus House becomes increasingly curious about Gloria, as Shelagh barely lasts five minutes without mentioning some story Gloria had told her in the latest letter, or Gloria’s opinion on a certain topic.
•Shelagh discovers that Gloria’s husband is angry at her for the death of the baby and Patrick has to stop her from marching over to Gloria’s house on the other side of London and teaching him a thing or two (he’s secretly very proud of her)
•Instead, she organises a series of coffee dates with Gloria, and although she’s nervous that her baby bump will remind Gloria of all she has lost, the meet ups in the café are a resounding success, and during Shelagh’s maternity leave, Gloria instead visits the Turner house for tea and cake.
•Gloria becomes a fast favourite with Angela because she will always play with the dolls
•Gloria is at the Turner flat when Shelagh goes into labour, and she gets the midwives from Nonnatus House, then takes Tim and Angela over to Nonnatus out of the way and looks after them, much to a grateful Patrick’s relief.
•She also has a little cry because she never got this far with any of her babies, and Phyllis is there to provide a shoulder to cry on and an endless supply of tea.
•Gloria takes Tim and Angela to meet their new baby sibling, and when they go in she hangs around the door feeling out of place. After a while Shelagh notices her and beckons her in to meet the new baby Turner.
•They both have a cry.
•Gloria helps Shelagh out when a toddler, a teenager and a newborn become too much to handle, and she’s there when Shelagh needs to moan about Patrick’s working hours or Tim’s teenage strops.
•When Gloria finally leaves her husband, Shelagh makes her cups of tea and hugs her while she cries. Sister Julienne helps Gloria to find a new house, which is much nearer the Turner flat.
•Both Shelagh and Gloria are so grateful that a friendship that began in such sadness has found such happiness.
One of your POC profiles asked for more books with Romani characters. Well, The Blue Codex stars a Romani girl. Here is a summary of the book below:
My name is Trini Cortés. I have always been a fan of heroes, and goodness knows Phoenixport could use a hero. So when Calliope asks me if I wanted to write The Blue Codex and pass a Holy Grail test (not the Grail that Jesus made this one is different) I agree to do it. All I have to do is wear a pouch during the Phoenix Festival. Easy enough right? But strange things are going on in town. A rogue cop is giving good cops a bad name, strange islands are forming, crazy brotherhoods who have their own Chosen One for the Grail , and the local gang, Crew 666, is acting too quiet, which is a sign bad things are about to happen. My sister Gloria has offered her help with her light powers, along with Jazlyn, a kitchen witch Wiccan, and Irene, a half nymph refugee. I even have access to wise advice of Calliope and her wife, Lady Viviane aka. The Lady of the Lake, but I know I have to fight this evil alone with my bubble magic and a mysterious pin given to me. After all a hero can’t receive any help, that would just put people in danger. Right?