I came close to renting a .32 revolver for my wife, but was talked out of it when told the price of the ammo. We went ahead and bought the Bersa, instead. She loves it.
She didn't like the idea of racking the slide, or the casings flying out when she first started shooting my Ruger P89. But with a few trips to the range she began to gain confidence, and now can pretty much handle all aspects of shooting her Bersa without my assistance.
Good luck in your hunt.