Lindenwood and JonM both nailed it. A couple years ago, my dad bought a CC gun for my mom as a Christmas present. He had the same thinking - small, lightweight revolver. So he bought a Taurus (first mistake) Ultralite (second mistake) .38spl snubby. Very sexy little gun, all alloy and stainless. But the trigger and hammer pull was so heavy, she could barely shoot it (we came to find out later that it had an incorrect piece in it from the factory, story for a different time). In the end, I was the only one who would shoot it. My dad hated it, even my sister hated it. Dad ended up trading it in at Cabela's for a Taurus 94 .22lr revolver that he now carries.
It wasn't my mom's first gun or anything, and she is far from gun shy. In fact, she is one of those natural shooters that pisses you off because you can just hand her something, and she is knocking pop cans down at 10 yards like it's just the way things are supposed to be.
The point is, we all thought the little, lightweight revolver was a good idea. But in the end, it just wasn't.