Here are some suggestions from my own reading list that I adore, simply because of the female characters.
Emma Corrigan is a quirky, funny character that I can relate to from my younger years.
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier.
Dona St. Columb is a strong female character who has made mistakes, needs change but in the end understands where her duties and responsibilities lie.
Clair Danner Crispin is a woman who appears to have the perfect life but beneath it all, feels unloved and needs to find strength in herself.