Quote from knayelic
I would recommend:
Nodame Cantabile- she is just who she is and will not change for anyone but herself.
Emma- defies society to pursue the one she loves and overcomes many obstacles.
Crossroad- coming of age story of a teenage girl and her ever changing family dynamics.
Nomade is long and ongoing, while last two are relatively short and complete. ;)
I woudln't call Nodame strong, more of an idiot, but yea the manga is still good.
use [m]nameofmangahere[/m] to achieve this: Nodame Cantabile