I would not suggest a j-frame sized revolver for someone that in inexperienced with firearms. They are hard to control vs. something like a k frame.
I also wouldn't suggest some blow back autos unless the person can show me that they can easily pull the slide back (blow backs tend to have stiff recoil springs) and are comfortable firing them.
My wife has a much easier time with a Glock 19 than a CZ82. She shoots the CZ great, it is just harder for her to load.