Updating for the friends who have advised me so well; the Wolverine is now home! It was quite the rage at my LGS when I picked it up, seems nobody had ever seen one in the flesh..er, plastic! On examination, the thing seems very well made and fits naturally into the hand like a good handshake. Everybody who has handled it comments on how naturally it points, reminds folks of a Buckmaster or Ruger Mark (one codger older than me was reminded of a Colt Woodsman), it just feels good to hold. Of course, shooting will be the test but that will wait until after my Granddaughter gets it for Christmas (now I can hardly wait for Christmas myself!). A female-oriented gun shop has opened here in town and I took it in to show the proprietor who was totally amazed and is now going to order one for herself and to use as a trainer. I also will be letting her train my Granddaughter in a "First-Time Shooter" class next month; she has full NRA accreditation and it will be an all-female class. That will make it easier on me since training a young relative to shoot is almost as hard as training them to drive; a stranger just does a better job of communicating the important stuff.
Again, thanks to all who have sent me advice and I am still intending on custom grips even though the black ones aren't as bad as I had feared.