Kate Bishop is a divorced mother of four children, and she is financially strapped financially. The meager child support that her ex-husband gives her is inadequate to cover expenses for the kids. Kate works in a doctorís office and likes her job, but with no college degree, her employment opportunities and earning potential are limited. She feels constant financial pressure to put food on the table for her kids and keep a roof over their heads, not to mention her worries about college financial tuition for her nineteen-year-old twins.
Things come to a head and financial disaster strikes when a roof leak in her home leads to a ceiling collapse. Kate does not want to borrow the money from her parents and become further ensnared by her motherís overbearing manner. Her hands are tied; the situation seems hopeless.
On a whim, Kate decides to purchase three lottery tickets, something she usually doesnít do. She actually forgets about the tickets, and the lottery drawing has passed when she is told that the winner bought the ticket from the same store that she did. A dumbfounded Kate checks her tickets: she has the winning numbers.
Kate calls a family meeting with her parents, her two sisters and their families. She announces that she has won $28 million dollars, and her family is very excited for her - but the discussion quickly shifts to what Kate will be doing for them financially. Not wanting to make any rash decisions about how to use her winnings, she hires a financial planner and attorney to assist her. They advise Kate on whether future purchases or investments are in her best interests. Her family scoffs at this arrangement, and even though Kate has bought each of her family members a new car, no one seems even close to satisfied. Her family members each want millions. and Kate just isnít sure if that is what she wants to do. Having all of this money seemed like a dream come true, but now Kate is overwhelmed. Even the local townsfolk are hitting her up for money, and she has to move to a gated community to get away from it all.
To get away fro the summer, Kate buys an RV and, with the kids, hits the road. The kids have a great time at the campground that is their first stop, so they decide to stay for a few weeks. Kate develops a brief but special relationship with a fellow camper during her stay. He doesnít know about her money, and Kate enjoys the old feeling of being cared about simply for who she is, not what she has.
The overarching premise of Wish Come True is that sometimes you need to be careful for what you wish for, because you just might get it. The ending seems rather unrealistic, I have never won a lottery; perhaps Kateís actions toward the end of the book are truer to life than they came across to me.