I have a Ruger SR9c and I love it. 9mm and very manageable recoil. It has a composite frame and fits my hand like a glove. If it fits yours, you will know the instant you pick it up that it is the one for you. If you like something just a bit bigger, a Sig SP2022 is nice. Both are right around $450-500 right now. The Sig is also 9mm.
And, welcome from Bloomer (NW Wisconsin)!